The Norman Transcript

January 28, 2014

Forester says high fire danger continues in Okla.

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma‚Äôs state forester says high winds and low humidity have increased the danger of wildfires in the state, and conditions are expected to worsen later in the week.

State Forester George Geissler said Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched crews to multiple wildfires across the state over the weekend. Geissler said residents should avoid any outdoor activity that could ignite a wildfire.

Twenty-two counties were under county commissioner-issued burn bans Monday.

Oklahomans should avoid or use extreme caution with outdoor welding or grilling and remember that sparks from vehicles dragging chains or driving on a rim after experiencing a flat tire can start a roadside fire.

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