Gov. Mary Fallin is joining state and federal officials to begin the task of assessing damage to homes and businesses during the state's wildfire outbreak.
Fallin toured scorched parts of the state on Thursday with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
The group viewed damage in Cleveland County on Thursday. State Department of Emergency Management director Albert Ashwood, says the assessment will help determine whether the area qualifies for federal aid.
The fires destroyed 380 homes and burned more than 171 square miles statewide.
The governor says the assessments mark an important step toward qualifying for federal disaster assistance. Fallin says wildfire damage in the state has been enormous, burning hundreds of homes, tens of thousands of acres and causing at least one fatality.