Damage Assessment Begins for Oklahoma Wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Damage assessment will begin today after wildfires damaged more than 100 homes and other structures across the state.

The fires started Thursday afternoon in central Oklahoma and burned through the night.

"Anytime you have high winds and low humidity it's just the perfect storm for wildfires, and that's what's happening here," state Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said. "The bottom line is we've had several wildfire outbreaks."

The State Department of Health reports that 34 people were injured in the fires including a firefighter.

The firefighter was battling a blaze in Lincoln County and was hospitalized in Oklahoma City. A driver who lost control of a vehicle on a smoke-covered road in Stephens County was also hospitalized with serious injuries, Ashwood said.