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January 28, 2014

Fire threat high

NORMAN — The threat of grass fires grows each day that we are without rain, sleet or snow in the forecast.

Area firefighters have responded to numerous grass fires over the past few weeks. Some have involved structures. Firefighters say reducing the amount of dry vegetation around homes in rural areas will help them save structures.

County officials enacted a burn ban Monday. Campfires and bonfires are prohibited. Charcoal and propane grills are allowed over a non-flammable surface.

A stubborn grass fire Sunday afternoon in east Norman was finally brought under control with help from county District 2 crews. Firefighters said the fact that the grass was kept short in the area and there was no wind helped keep the blaze from spreading.

Tossed cigarettes from vehicles is the cause of most roadside blazes. It doesn’t take much to set the countryside on fire. We hope this early fire season ends soon with some ample spring rains.

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