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Drought & fireworks just don't mix: local fire officials warn grass fires are more likely

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 19:39:41-04

TULSA, Okla. — Do not make it an unforgettable holiday for the wrong reasons. That advice comes from firefighters. They warn, dry weather could prevent safe celebrations.

“Our call volume for grass fires really increases here,” said Tulsa Fire Captain James Yoder.

Captain Yoder said holiday fires are usually contained in small yards, but wind has a say in how large a fire can get.

“If we have really high wind conditions, thankfully we don’t today, it really exacerbates and makes the fire conditions spread faster,” Captain Yoder said.

What we do have right now is a dry climate. Recent rain was not enough to dampen the fire risk.

To avoid any hazards, fireworks should be set off on concrete or bare dirt and well away from homes and brush.

“Be mindful not only of the nearby areas where you’re shooting them off, but also wind drift and areas where the fireworks may go,” Captain Yoder said.

Captain Yoder said sparks can travel a great distance.

In Bartlesville, there is a no-firework ordinance. They are also illegal in the City of Tulsa.

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