Forestry Service Warns Oklahomans Of High Fire Danger


Monday, January 13th 2014, 3:58 pm
By: News On 6


The Oklahoma Forestry Service asks residents to refrain from outdoor burning Monday and Tuesday due to high fire danger across Oklahoma.

There were several wildfires across the state Sunday, and weather conditions are similar Monday, a news release states.

"Any fire that starts will spread rapidly so we are urging everyone to delay any outdoor activity that might spark a blaze," said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester.

"Though the highest danger will be seen near and west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County the entire state will experience high fire danger."

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Caution should be exercised with outdoor grilling and welding. Geissler said many roadside fires are started due to vehicles dragging chains or continuing to drive on a rim after experiencing a flat tire.

"We are just asking Oklahomans to remain vigilant as we enter our winter fire season," said Geissler.

Outdoor burning is discouraged and citizens are asked to report any new fires or suspicious smoke to the closest fire department.

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