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Caution urged for campers and others outdoors due to higher fire danger

Wildfire dangers are increasing in Oklahoma. Hot, dry weather is ahead for the July 4 week.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 28, 2012 at 7:44 am •  Published: June 28, 2012

With extreme heat in the forecast and little chance of rain, the potential for wildfires is increasing, Oklahoma Forestry Services reports.

High temperatures are expected through next week when large numbers of people will be outdoors for the July 4th holiday.

“We want people to enjoy their recreational activities,” state forester George Geissler says in a news release. “But we urge everyone to be extra careful with outdoor activities like grilling, campfires and fireworks that can spark a wildfire.”

Pockets of the state are extremely dry with moderate to severe drought readings across a good part of Oklahoma, Geissler reports.

“As Oklahoma is beginning to experience higher temperatures and lower humidity, the risk of wildfire increases,” Geissler states in the news release. “So far the occurrence of fires across the state has been low compared to other states and we want to do everything we can to keep it that way. We can't control Mother Nature, but we can exercise extreme caution with outdoor activities that could spark a wildfire.”

Some tips for outdoor fire safety are below:

Fireworks Safety Tips

Use fireworks under close adult supervision in safe areas away from dry grass and brush.

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