Oklahoma Forestry Services reports that extremely high fire danger will continue for the next several days across Oklahoma. Red Flag Warnings have been issued and high temperatures and very low relative humidity, coupled with strong winds mean any fire that starts in dry fuel will burn very intensely and could spread rapidly.
“We are working a number of wildfires across the state and resources are stretched very thin. All fires that start this weekend will burn very intensely and citizens are urged to be extremely cautious with any outdoor activities that could spark a wildfire,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Additionally, if you spot a fire or smoke call your closest fire department immediately as even a few minutes of response time can make a big difference.”
A statewide Governors Burn Ban was put in place today. Unlawful activities under the ban include campfires, bonfires, fireworks and setting fire to debris or trash, grass, woods or other materials outdoors. The ban does allow for gas and charcoal grilling provided that it is over a nonflammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation.
“Even though grilling is allowed, everyone should be very careful and have a fire extinguisher or source of water on hand,” said Geissler.
For a complete list of activities allowed and prohibited view the guidelines for the Governor's Burn Ban on www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information or call Oklahoma Forestry Services at 580-236-1021.
For the latest information and wildfire daily situation reports visit www.forestry.ok.gov.
Fri, August 3, 2012