Officials warning Oklahomans about increased fire risk as dry conditions persist

Wildfire near I-35 & Wilshire

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Even though it is fall, officials say you shouldn’t start a fire in the fire pit or do any other outdoor burning.

Officials say Oklahoma Forestry Services say dry conditions across the state are getting worse, which is leading to dangerous conditions if a fire were to spark.

“Wind will be a factor beginning today as warm dry conditions continue,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Any fire that starts will spread rapidly, so we are urging everyone to delay any outdoor activity that might spark a blaze. Simple postponement of burning can mean the difference during these dangerous conditions.”

Officials say Wednesday has the highest fire danger and a red flag warning has been issued for parts of the state.

Fire danger will continue to be high before a cold front moves into the state, especially as winds increase.

Caution should be exercised with outdoor grilling, welding, and camp fires.

“We are just asking Oklahomans to remain vigilant as we enter our winter fire season,” said Geissler.

Citizens are asked to report any new fires or suspicious smoke to the closest fire department.

Safety of the firefighters and public is of the utmost concern and with this weather forecast one of the main threats for firefighters will be rapid spread of any fire start.

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