OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND FORESTRY

2800 North Lincoln Blvd   Oklahoma City OK 73105-4298

 

 

February 1, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Suzanne McCombs, Suzanne.mccombs@ag.ok.gov, 405-421-3071

 

 

 

Increased fire danger for Panhandle and Western Oklahoma on Sunday

 

 

Oklahoma City - Oklahomans are being cautioned by Oklahoma Forestry Services to expect increased wildfire danger in the Panhandle and parts of Western Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.  Warm, dry and windy conditions elevate fire danger and Oklahoma Forestry Services urges caution with anything that can cause a spark.

 

“Sunday’s elevated fire conditions are a reminder that we are heading into the time of year when we typically see increased wildfire occurrence,” said Oklahoma Forestry Services Director and State Forester Mark Goeller.  “I encourage all Oklahomans to be aware of conditions and make fire prevention a top priority.”

 

Oklahomans are asked to use caution with all activities that may spark a wildfire and to report any suspicious smoke or fire or by calling 911.  Avoid burning debris and engaging in other fire prone activities such as outdoor welding or unattended campfires on the warm, dry and windy days.  Homeowners can also make their home more defensible by moving trash, debris and other flammable items like firewood piles or portable propane tanks a safe distance away from their home. 

 

Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state’s lead agency related to wildland fire prevention, protection and use. Personnel closely monitor fire weather and conditions every day and produce a Fire Situation Report as conditions warrant.   To view the Fire Situation Report or for additional information about wildfires, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/wildfire-information . 

 

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Note to Media: For the latest Oklahoma “Daily Wildfire Situation Report” visit www.forestry.ok.gov and click the link on the homepage (green box on right hand side.) The report contains information about recent fire activity, predicted fire weather and a link for current burn bans.

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About Oklahoma Forestry Services

Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is committed to conserving, enhancing and protecting Oklahoma’s 12.5 million acres of forests and woodlands. Since 1925, Oklahoma Forestry Services has worked with individuals and communities

throughout the state to create resilient landscapes, fire-adaptive communities and provide wildfire response. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the division also has regional offices in Goldsby, Broken Bow, Wilburton and Tahlequah. For more information, visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov.