As we see over and over in wildfires, the Eastern Red Cedar trees are the fuel that keeps the flames going for hours.
Cedars were first introduced in our State after the 1930s Dust Bowl; they were supposed to serve as windbreaks.
Now the trees have spread all over Oklahoma and officials said they are a fire hazard.
The smallest spark can cause them to explode in flames.
Not only that but experts said the trees are hard on the land.
Some estimates suggest each tree sucks up to 40 gallons of water per day.
Officials said some communities offer programs to help residents get rid of the Cedar tress in their areas.
For OKLAHOMA COUNTY ONLY, residents can contact:
County Commissioner Brian Maughan (405) 713-1502