Fire Situation Update - Friday, March 11, 2011

Oklahoma Forestry Services, city and rural fire departments are engaged in battling several large fires burning east of a line running from the Kansas borderalong I-35 to Oklahoma City and south along I-44 toward Lawton. Aerial support has been heavily utilized onfires in Beggs, Harrah, Goldsby, Newcastle and Shawnee and OFS personnel continue respond to requests.

"Under these extreme fire conditions this is NOT the time to stay in a home being threatened by fire and we are urging people to heed any request to evacuate,"said state forester George Geissler. "If you are in your car do not drive into smoke. Limited visibility can result in accidents.The safety of the public and firefighters is of utmost concern at this time"

Red flag warnings were issued for the entire state and we have been urging people to be extremely cautious with any outdoor activities that could spark wildfires. Stay tuned to local media sources for the latest in evacuation.

Michelle Finch-Walker, OFS (580) 236-1021