Alternative solutions to wildfire prevention
HARRAH, Okla. — State and County agencies are preparing for yet another record-breaking grass fire season.
With tinder box conditions across the state, the danger for grass fires is extremely high.
State agencies and Fire Departments are considering new and alternative solutions to help alleviate fire danger across the state.
The most common and abundant source of fuel for Oklahoma wildfires is the Eastern Red Cedar.
Red Cedar trees are explosively flammable and, when they burn, their embers travel through the air to spread fire many yards ahead of burning grass.
“These trees, they don’t just burn they blow up. The trees keep growing. The fires keep getting bigger. Our water table keeps getting lower and lower.” said Oklahoma State Representative Richard Morrissette.
Morrisette created the Oklahoma Eastern Red Cedar Board.
He has also authored several failed bills directed at helping landowners rid their property of red cedar trees.
Monday, county and state leaders watched a demonstration of a $4000 add-on product that can eliminate a red cedar in about 15 seconds, the Root Hog.