Emergency Management

Wildfires Awareness

Wildfire with fire tornadoWILDFIRE AWARENESS:

Wildfires are often caused by human activity. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires. The greatest single cause is when burning debris is not properly contained and sparks or burning trash blow into the air. Oklahomans can help prevent fires if they:

 

•Be careful when pulling off a road or driving into a field. Hot catalytic converters can ignite vegetation.

•Avoid burning trash. Even a barrel covered with a screen can allow a spark to escape, igniting nearby vegetation.

•Do not use fireworks during holidays.

•If you smoke in your car, extinguish cigarettes in vehicle ashtrays. Never toss a cigarette out of a car window, and don’t put cigarettes out on the ground.

•Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy when working outdoors with equipment that gets hot, or involves sparks, such as welding equipment. Water down outdoor work areas in advance if possible.

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.

When weather conditions make wildfires more likely in your area, prepare by taking the following precautions:

•Keep firefighting tools handy, such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake and buckets.

•Place connected garden hoses on all sides of the house for emergency use.

•Know all emergency exits from your house.

•Learn all routes leading out of your neighborhood.

 

As fires actually approach, take the following actions:

•Park your car facing the direction of escape.

•Shut off gas at the meter. Only a qualified professional can safely turn the gas back on.

•Turn off propane tanks.

•Place combustible patio furniture inside.

 

For more information about wildfire safety, visit the following websites:

Oklahoma Firewise

Oklahoma Forestry Services

Director

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Gary D. Curtis  
Emergency Management Director
101 S 11th St Rm 108
Duncan, Ok 73533
Phone: 1 580 255 3411
Cell Phone: 580.656.0075
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