The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 5, 2014

Fallin declares Okla. wildfire state of emergency

Staff and wire reports
Associated Press

ENID, Okla. — Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state emergency across Oklahoma after several wildfires broke out across the state, including a blaze north of Oklahoma City that destroyed at least a half dozen homes and left one man dead.

Fallin also on Monday issued an executive proclamation for a burn ban in 36 counties for about the western half of the state. The burn ban includes Alfalfa, Blaine, Dewey, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Noble, Woods and Woodward counties.

Besides a massive wildfire that burned nearly four square miles in Logan County on Sunday, other blazes have been reported near the communities of Altus, Jennings, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward.

Fallin says her emergency declaration will expedite the delivery of resources to local communities. The burn ban prohibits any outdoor burning or the use of fireworks in the listed counties.