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Statement from Governor Kevin Stitt, ODEMHS Director Mark Gower on State Response to Wildfires

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Governor Kevin Stitt and ODEMHS Director Mark Gower have released the following statements regarding the wildfires:

Governor Kevin Stitt said: “My prayers go out to the Oklahomans currently battling the devastating fires across parts of our state. Please know, the state is doing everything in its power to support the emergency; including calling the Oklahoma National Guard and working with Congressman Frank Lucas’ office to get out of state resources from the U.S. Forestry Service. While the destruction to the impacted communities is devastating, I am proud to see that the Oklahoma Standard is alive and well through the local support including rural fire departments, and the efforts led by Secretary Blayne Arthur, ODEMHS Director Mark Gower, local legislators, who have provided leadership and assisted in acquiring resources to support those battling the fires. We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses and take appropriate action as needed.”

ODEMHS Director Mark Gower said: “This week’s fast-moving wildfire in Woodward County paired with dangerous high temperatures have been difficult for responders, but dozens of fire departments and wildland task forces have answered the call to step in and help and couldn’t be more grateful for their service. This state is also fortunate to have an experienced network of personnel with Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma National Guard members, local emergency managers, and voluntary agencies. We are thankful to Governor Stitt for his quick approval of National Guard air support and for his office’s aid in bringing in the U.S. Forestry Tankers.”

Last Modified on Jul 28, 2022
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