Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars chatted with readers Thursday about recent suspicious wildfires in Cleveland County and safety precautions. Read the entire chat recap here.
Topics discussed include: fires being deliberately set in Cleveland County, arson investigations, contributors to grass fires, damage estimates and preventative measures.
On fires being deliberately set:
On weekend wildfire damage estimates:
I have heard over 100 structures and over 76,000 acres were damaged. Let's not forget the one fataility from the Cleveland County fire on Friday.
On wildfire ignition sources:
There is no one condition that we should look for to blame on the devastation from the accidental wildland fires. It is a combination of things and certainly the extreme dry conditions are a major factor.