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Fire Conditions Still High in OK

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
August 31, 2011

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Oklahoma remains under a high fire danger with the strong winds and drought conditions.

Oklahoma City firefighters are mopping up the northeast section of the metro where a fire destroyed 21 houses, 43 vehicles, 18 barns and charred 3,000 acres.

Emergency Management Spokesperson Michelann Ooten says drought conditions over the summer have exacerbated the problem.

“The fuel is on the ground, the fuel is in the trees just lying in wait for the right spark the right condition to come upon a certain area, and then literally those flames spread and their very hard to control.”

Tuesday fires also burned in two counties to the east of Oklahoma City and another in western Oklahoma.

Ooten is urging people to be cautious and don’t throw lit cigarettes out of car windows.

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