Tours of Fire-Scarred Areas Continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State and federal officials will tour fire-damaged areas in three counties today as they try to determine if any federal assistance is needed for individuals.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says assessment teams finished work in Carter, Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Oklahoma counties and are moving on to Lincoln, Murray and Stephens counties.

The primary purpose of the tours is to determine how much of the fire damage was uninsured or underinsured. Gov. Brad Henry will need that information to determine whether to ask the president for federal assistance.

Most of the damage occurred April 9th, but some of the fires rekindled or continued to burn for at least another day.

Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brad Craine has said that if most of the damaged or destroyed property was insured there likely will be no federal aid.

Most of the property destroyed in Choctaw and Midwest City was insured.

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