High fire risk: How to prevent grass fires from spreading

Burned grass fire remains near I-35 and Britton Rd. Oklahoma remains in an extreme fire danger Monday and Tuesday. Shardaa Gray/KOKH

Oklahoma is looking at a high fire risk Monday and Tuesday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect, with wind gust reaching more than 50 miles per hour.

Monday morning, a cigarette bud started a grass fire that quickly spread to the back porch.

Firefighters tell FOX 25 a discarded smoking material started the grass fire at a home in the 1900 block of N. Ann Arbor Ave. People living at the home said a cigarette was thrown into a bin and burned it. That grass fire then spread to the back porch. No damage was done to the house.

We've got your back with tips to prevent grass fires:

  • Make sure there is nothing dragging on the bottom of your car that could create a spark.
  • Clean out your gutters of any dead leaves and branches. Even though most counties in the metro are not under a burn ban, it's best to not do any outdoor burning Monday and Tuesday.
  • Keep your grass short around your home.

“If embers kick up and they can blow a great distance, next thing you'll know, you'll have a roof on fire,” said Oklahoma City Fire, Maj. Dave Maynerd. “So small things, easy to do, but when you have a wildfire approaching your property, it may mean the difference in having your property saved or not.”

If you're caught in a wildfire, don't try to outrun the blaze. The best thing you can do is find a body of water such as a river or a pond and crouch in that. If there's no body of water around, then you'll want to find an area around that's low vegetation, lay on the ground and cover yourself with wet clothes or material.

If you're unsure that your county is in a burn ban, all you have to do is go to Oklahoma Forestry Services and click on the wildfire and fire weather information link.

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