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Officials highly discouraging outdoor burning due to dry, windy conditions

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with the Oklahoma Forestry Services are asking residents to use extreme caution when burning outdoors.

Locations across the state are under high fire danger and Stephens County is under a burn ban because of the dry, windy conditions.

That ban is in effect through January.

“Any fire that starts will spread rapidly so we are urging everyone to delay any outdoor activity that might spark a blaze,” George Geissler said, Oklahoma State Forester. “Though the highest danger today will be seen near and west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County, the entire state will experience high fire danger.”

Officials said residents should use extreme caution if grilling or welding outside.

They are also warning drivers many roadside fires start because vehicles are dragging chains or drive on rims after getting a flat tire.

MORE: Get burning conditions for your area from Oklahoma Forestry Services