Firefighters urge caution as wildfire conditions worsen

Tall, dry grass waives in high winds Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (KOKH/Ben Latham)

Parts of Oklahoma were under a high threat of wildfire Wednesday. On Thursday, the conditions could increase to extreme.

"We're not quite out of the woods yet," said Oklahoma City Fire spokesperson Benny Fulkerson said.

Since there has not been much rain this season, he said, vegetation has begun to green but some is still dormant. That combined with the high wind, low humidity, and warm temperatures the state is experiencing, conditions are right for wildfire.

Fulkerson says everyone should do their part.

"Anything outside that you're doing that could cause a spark, don't do that," he said.

Avoid things like:

  • Outdoor welding
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Burning debris piles
  • Tossing out cigarettes

At home, Fulkerson said you should take steps to keep wildfires from getting to you.

"Keep your grass short. It's about time to start mowing again, as some of us are not looking forward to, but since it is that time go ahead, keep your grass short around your home, for as far away from your home as you can," he said.

You should also keep tree limbs six to eight feet from the ground to prevent trees from catching fire. Embers from trees can travel for up to a mile in the wind, Fulkerson said, stating new fires.

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