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State Officials Warn of High Fire Danger

A fire in Jay, Oklahoma on February 11, 2016.

Oklahoma Forestry Services is urging people around the state to delay any burning over the next few days because of a high fire danger.

Communications specialist Michelle Finch-Walker says Thursday will bring high temperatures with low humidity and strong winds, making it easier for fires to start and spread.

“We just want to urge everyone to do a few things. Be really careful with an outside activity that could spark a blade and secondly, if you see smoke, call it in to the nearest fire department as soon as you see it. Getting on a fire is going to pretty important during these conditions.

She says the OFS is prepared in case fires do break out.

“We’ve brought in a large tanker – that’s a large plane that’s available to help fight large fires if they break out. The National Guard is ready with helicopters that a lot of times we use on our fires to help suppress fires or to help with fire fighting.

Finch-Walker adds that fires during this time of year are common, and the state will likely continue to face fire danger until the start of Spring.

Caele Pemberton was the Arts & Culture reporter at KOSU from August 2015 to May 2016.
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