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Governor Mary Fallin declares state of emergency for 22 counties due to wildfires

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 18:09:51-05

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 22 Oklahoma counties due to wildfires.

The counties included in the governor’s declaration are: Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kay, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Noble, Osage, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward.

Estimates show between 200,000 and 300,000 acres have already burned in Beaver, Harper and Woodward counties alone, where dangerous fire conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.

Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.

The executive order will be in effect for 30 days.

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