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MULTIMEDIA: Devastation in Creek County, Governor visits area ravaged by wildfires
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MULTIMEDIA: Devastation in Creek County, Governor visits area ravaged by wildfires

MULTIMEDIA: Devastation in Creek County, Governor visits area ravaged by wildfires
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Aftermath of the wildfires of Aug. 3rd and 4th, 2012 in Creek County. This area is between Hwy 33 and 51st Street, near Hwy 48. Gov. Mary Fallin and several state officials toured the area.

MULTIMEDIA: Devastation in Creek County, Governor visits area ravaged by wildfires

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin visited Creek County Sunday to look over the area devastated by wildfires which raged out of control for two days. You can hear her statement to KRMG here, see video of the devastation below and see a photo gallery here.

Her helicopter touched down at the command post, set up at the junction of Highway 33 and Highway 48 about half way between Drumright and Sapulpa late Sunday morning.

She spoke briefly and took a couple questions, then moved out in a caravan of vehicles to tour some of the stricken area.

The governor met with some victims of the fire and exchanged hugs and words of sympathy with several of them, assuring them that help will come.

Victims of the fires have told KRMG they had no insurance.

Our reporters have been hard-pressed to find anyone who was properly insured.

State Insurance Commissioner John Doak tells KRMG his agency plans a new public service announcement campaign to urge people to at least have a minimal amount of home insurance in case of disaster.

One example is Jim Sparr, a self-employed man who owned several buildings near Hwy 48 and W. 51st Street.

"I had all these trucks... I've been collecting stuff for thirty years," he told KRMG. "This was my retirement fund. Besides losing everything, I lost a big part of my future. I probably lost 100-150 thousand (dollars)...I had twelve antique vehicles."

All were destroyed in the fire, along with several other cars, a number of boats, two trailers, several buildings and more.

All his personal photos including his clothing and his home are all gone.

Jim had not a dime of insurance.

"Nope," he said. "Not a penny."

Gov. Fallin tells KRMG that more than 58,000 acres have burned in the area.

Pressed for details on the number of homes lost, she said it's simply too early in the process to be able to assess the damage.

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