Oklahoma Forestry Services wants the public to be aware of the continued high fire danger west of I-35 on Thursday.
“The potential for large fires remains for a large part of Oklahoma,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “There was some fire activity across the state Wednesday, but no reports of any large fires. This could be attributed to two factors: higher relative humidity and due diligence by the public.”
Though western Oklahoma is the primary area of concern, OFS officials are cautioning that the entire state could experience fires as a dry line moves through on Thursday. Outdoor burning is discouraged and citizens are asked to report any new fires or suspicious smoke to the closest fire department.
Safety of the firefighters and public is of the utmost concern and with Thursday’s weather forecast calling for temperatures in the 90s and very low relative humidity one of the main threats for firefighters will be heat stress and heat related issues.
Wildland firefighting task forces, state and federal resources are prepared to respond if necessary.
Note to Media:
For the latest Oklahoma “Daily Wildfire Situation Report” visit www.forestry.ok.gov and click the link on the homepage. The report contains information about recent fire activity, predicted fire weather and a link for current burn bans.
Posted on Wed, March 16, 2011
by Michelle Finch-Walker, OFS 580-236-1021