Oklahoma Forestry Services bracing for busy winter fire season

Flames and smoke light up the night sky west of Freedom, Ok., Tuesday night, April 5, 2016. The range fire driven by 50 mph winds was threatening to cross over into Kansas similar to the Anderson Creek fire two weeks ago. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says the wildfire did not jump the Cimarron River overnight, which would have threatened Freedom, whose 300 residents were encouraged to leave Tuesday afternoon. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Oklahoma Forestry Services are predicting a busy winter fire season.

The agency is bracing for a busy end to 2017 and even worse conditions in early 2018 as temperatures are predicted to be above normal and the state continues to be passed over by precipitation.

“This increased availability of fuels typically means that any fire that starts has the potential to grow large very quickly under fire weather conditions,” said Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief for Oklahoma Forestry Services.

Oklahomans are asked to prepare their properties to make them more defensible from wildfires. Learn how here:

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