Okla. Governor Says She's Keeping An Eye On Fires

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says she is keeping a close watch on the wildfires raging in parts of Oklahoma.

Fallin said Wednesday afternoon that the state Emergency Operations Center is in operation, and will coordinate first responders and evaluate what is needed. The governor says state Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood told her fire departments from neighboring communities are
helping fight the fires, as well as Oklahoma National Guard helicopters.

One of the bigger fires is occurring in the Spencer area, near Oklahoma City. Oklahoma County Emergency Management Director David Barnes says houses, mobile homes and outbuildings have burned.

Fallin says a state of emergency is in effect, which will help counties make emergency purchases. She says officials will evaluate whether they need to apply for federal assistance.