Foresters Warn of Rising Danger of Wildfires

Jul 29, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services is warning of an increasing potential for extreme wildfires across the state.

State Forester George Geissler says conditions for wildfires to get out of control are increasing because of dry grasslands and hayfields coupled with the ongoing drought, heat and strong winds.

The agency says today will be especially dangerous with the fire danger very high the western half of the state and high in the eastern half.

The agency advises that fires can be started by common activities such as mowing the lawn or baling hay.

Thirty-nine of the state's 77 counties have burn bans in place.