Just hours after the state removed the burn ban for much of central Oklahoma, we heard the rural fire trucks rolling to grass fires. Controlled burns of limbs, trash and other debris quickly became uncontrolled burns.
Although we have had a couple of rainy days in the past few weeks, it’s nothing like what’s necessary to keep the countryside from burning again.
Fires have devastated many parts of central Oklahoma. Cleveland County has been fortunate that structure damage has been minimal during the summer drought.
The mutual aid offered by fire departments has greatly improved over the past few years, making fire suppression a team effort. There was a time when fire departments didn’t particular appreciate offers of assistance from their neighbors next door.
It’s a whole different tactic today. It’s not unusual to see firefighters — volunteer and full-time — from numerous departments fighting a grass fire inside one of the other departments’ jurisdictions.
Without any significant moisture, however, the fall fire season could be just as devastating to the countryside. It’s incumbent on all of those who need to burn debris to keep it under control.