Wildfires are dangerous and we should all take special precautions year round to make sure fires are not carelessly ignited. Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans and can be prevented.
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire and Oklahomans are urged to do your part....make no spark! In extremely dry conditions small things like discarded cigarettes, driving on a flat tire, parking in dry grass, or dragging chains on the road can spark a blaze.
Safe Grilling tips:
• Place grills over nonflammable surface bare dirt or other fire resistant surfaces at least five feet away from dead grass and weeds.
• Never transport a barbecue pit or grill with live coals.
• Have a source of water nearby in case a fire ignites during grilling
Oklahoma Forestry Services in an effort to reduce the number of wildfires in Oklahoma conducts a multitude of fire prevention activities throughout the state. These activities include:
presenting fire prevention programs to all age groups
exhibiting wildfire prevention displays at both local and state-level events
enforcing the burning laws including Burn Bans and Wildfire Arson
The State Forester is the keeper of Smokey Bear in Oklahoma and OFS leads the Oklahoma Wildfire Prevention Coalition, a gathering of wildfire response organizations across the state. For more information contact the OFS Forester near you.