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New website helps homeowners determine wildfire risk

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The Oklahoma Forestry Services unveiled a new website to help homeowners and communities determine their risk for a wildfire in their area.

The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal allows users to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain.

The site also routes users to resources that can help them implement practices to address the threats identified and reduce their risk.

“This is the best tool we have to determine wildfire risk,” said State Forester George Geissler. “Our hope is that everyone living in the rural and wildland urban interface areas of Oklahoma will take time to visit the website, learn about their risk and take the necessary action to protect their families and property from wildfire. There are a lot of simple, basic things that people can do to protect their homes.”

Visit southernwildfirerisk.com to see what the wildfire risk is in your area.