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Assistance Available for Those Impacted by Oklahoma Wildfires

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Wildfires engulfed more than 100,000 acres in western Oklahoma, threatening homes, farms and businesses and forcing evacuations. As of Wednesday, firefighters were working to contain blazes in parts of Ellis County, according to News 9. Track the latest wildfires and red flag warnings with the Oklahoma wildfire and smoke map that is updated hourly.





Assistance for Oklahomans
News 9 reports evacuation shelters are open at the following locations:

Fort Supply Baptist Church, 219 Sheridan, Fort Supply, OK
Roger Mills County Courthouse, 500 E Broadway, Cheyenne, OK
Vici Community Room, 604 Main Street, Vici, OK
Woodward Conference Center, 3401 Centennial Drive, Woodward, OK

Cattlemen’s Foundation Wildfire Disaster Relief
American Red Cross
The Salvation Army

Disaster Preparedness
The fast-changing situation reminds us of the importance of having an emergency plan.

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· Visit aarp.org/okhelp for assistance related to weather-related property damage, home rebate programs, and help to pay utility bills.

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