Fire danger increases, residents concerned about more than just their homes

Posted on: 2:56 pm, February 17, 2014, by

JONES, Okla. -   With the recent winter weather, some residents across the state have enjoyed a break from the high fire danger.

While the temperatures have been going up, so has that danger.

Jones residents say they are used to seeing a few small grass fires during this time of year but as the risk of fire danger grows, so do their concerns.

Sunday afternoon, Sam Myers watched as Oklahoma City firefighters put out the last of the flames that consumed a field less than 15 yards from his home.

Myers says he saw the fire spreading closer to his property and kept an eye on it.

He says even though the wind was blowing in the opposite direction, he wasn’t willing to take any chances.

Myers said, “There’s a lot of dry grass and tall grass, so it doesn’t take much for it to spread.”

With such dry weather conditions, Myers worries not only for his wife and children but for other family members living right next door.

Myers is raising two horses for his kids and says they are just as much a part of his family as anyone.

He fears for their lives when the family isn’t home.

He said, “People throw cigarettes out. It’s one thing when you’re at home, you can see to go save them, but I mean, they’re left to fend for themselves.”

KFOR meteorologist Aaron Brackett says people, like Sam Myers, who live in areas with a lot of dry tall grass need to be extra careful.

Brackett said, “Fields with a lot of dry grass, that’s really what we see this time of year in Oklahoma for that fire danger. And the reason being, grasses dry out very quickly. We only need a couple days of low humidity and high temperature. Of course, we add the wind into the mix and that makes for a volatile fire situation.”

Myers says fires are common in his area but he says he is always mindful of how quickly they can become out of control.

He said, “You never know what’s going to happen next. You just hope that you don’t come home and yours is gone.”