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Okla. Forestry Services: Potential fire danger increases for central, western Oklahoma

Posted at 9:09 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 10:09:12-04

Oklahoma Forestry Services officials are issuing caution as potential fire dangers significantly increases this week for central and western Oklahoma.

In a news release, officials said the fire danger would start increasing today all the way through Thursday.

“We are monitoring weather and fire conditions carefully, as well as proactively positioning resources in the western part of the state to respond quickly to suppress wildfire starts,” said State Forester and Oklahoma Forestry Services Director, Mark Goeller. “We are asking for the public’s help in preventing wildfires by avoiding any activities that could spark a wildfire during the forecast extreme fire weather.”

Officials are asking people to avoid burning brush or trash, dragging chains from vehicles or parking in dry grass.

Officials said they are "positioning personnel, wildland fire engines and firefighting dozers in Guymon, Woodward and Weatherford," the news release said. "Additionally, an incident management team will be in stationed in Woodward. Oklahoma National Guard and Oklahoma Highway Patrol air support has also been ordered."

Officials also ask that if you see any suspicious smoke or wildfire, to contact your local fire department or dial 911, the news release said.

“We are well prepared to fight new wildfires by placing these resources in strategic locations. But the public can make a big difference in what happens over the next few days by preventing them from starting,” said Goeller. “Now is the time to take all precautions.”

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