The Norman Transcript

May 6, 2014

Wildfires come early


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The wildfires that more often occur in late summer and fall have come early to central Oklahoma. Without any significant rainfall, it’s going to be a long summer.

Careless open burning, campfires and tossed smoking material are to blame for most of the fires. One death was reported in the August 2012 Cleveland County fires. Property damage was significant.

On Sunday, crews battled a fire near Slaughterville. To the north, on Interstate 35, a grass fire destroyed several homes and burned hundreds of acres.

In Dewey County, a fire fueled by high winds burned hundreds of acres of rangeland.

County commissioners will likely enact another burn ban next week. Rain is predicted later in the week, but it may be too little too late at this point.

County officials said existing conditions do not support a burn ban, but residents need to take extreme caution in any outdoor burning.

Bulldozers and road crews built fire lines in far eastern Cleveland County on Sunday, possibly preventing a small fire from becoming out of control.

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