Fire danger continues to increase with heat, high winds and dry vegetation

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The fire threat in Oklahoma continues to increase with the heat, high winds and dry vegetation.

Time and time again, we’ve seen the video of exploding Eastern Cedar trees.

Crews faced similar situations over the weekend, putting out dozens of wildfires.

Luckily, most of them were small.

Now, the Oklahoma City Fire Department is asking people to take precautions to prevent more fires from igniting.

"They may be cooking, they may be using a cutting torch, they may be just mowing their lawn and a blade hits a rock," said District Chief Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

Fulkerson is asking people to be aware of their surroundings and to look out for accidental fires that may be caused by sparks from a chain or from a power line.

Also, be smart and don't throw cigarette butts out car windows.

"It's starting to dry out now. The grass that we've had and the vegetation that we've had is now becoming dormant and as that happens, the fire danger increases," said Fulkerson.

Since Saturday morning, Oklahoma City fire crews have put out 26 wildfires.

Thankfully, most of them were three acres or less, but there's still a risk.

"A lot of people don't realize that an ember from a grass fire can travel up to a mile in these winds and cause another grass fire, a mile downwind from that original location," said Fulkerson.

With constant awareness and changing behaviors, Fulkerson said our actions can play a crucial role in reducing the number of fires.

"If we can get people to just be aware of this and see the danger that is out here and see how it can affect people in real ways, I think people are more than willing to try and make that change," said Fulkerson.

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