Extreme fire danger expected for Tuesday


Oklahomans are being warned to expect extreme wildfire danger in the western part of the state on Tuesday. Officials with the Oklahoma Forestry Services anticipate conditions that supersede those experienced last week, which produced multiple wildfires causing fatalities and widespread damage across western Oklahoma.

Because of ongoing extreme fire conditions, Oklahoma Forestry Services requested additional resources, including firefighters, equipment, engines, dozers and aircraft over the past couple of weeks. Additionally, Oklahoma Forestry Services ordered two Incident Management Teams and have been assigned to 34 Complex Fire in Woodward County and Rhea Fire in Dewey County to assist in management all aspects of the incidents.

“Fire weather is predicted to be historic tomorrow. Meaning we haven’t seen conditions this extreme in over 10 years,” said Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief of OFS. “These conditions have the potential to produce very large devastating fires. Oklahoman’s needs to be extremely careful while doing anything outdoors tomorrow.”

Oklahomans are urged to be cautious not to spark a wildfire and to report any suspicious smoke or fire to their closest fire department or by calling 911. Homeowners can also make their home more defensible by moving trash, debris and other flammable items like firewood piles or portable propane tanks a safe distance away from their home.

“The Governor has expanded the burn ban in anticipation of the threatening fire weather, one spark could rapidly become a large wildfire.” said State Forester George Geissler.

Several counties remain under a Governor’s Burn Ban and County Commissioner Burn Bans. Visit www.forestry.ok.gov for the latest fire information and county burn ban resolutions.

Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state’s lead agency related to wildland fire prevention, protection and use. For additional information about wildfires, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/wildfire-information .

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Note to Media: For the latest Oklahoma “Daily Wildfire Situation Report” visit www.forestry.ok.gov and click the link on the homepage (green box on right hand side.) The report contains information about recent fire activity, predicted fire weather and a link for current burn bans. Warning!! – If you are going to fly, please contact OFS Air Operations at 405-373-6082 to obtain fire air traffic information and VHF AM frequencies.

About Oklahoma Forestry Services

Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is committed to conserving, enhancing and protecting Oklahoma’s 12.5 million acres of forests and woodlands. Since 1925, Oklahoma Forestry Services has worked with individuals and communities throughout the state to create resilient landscapes, fire-adaptive communities and provide wildfire response. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the division also has regional offices in Goldsby, Broken Bow, Wilburton and Tahlequah. For more information, visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov.