Oklahoma news briefs for July 28

Oklahoma briefs for July 28, 2012.
Published: July 28, 2012



for guns up

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has hired three new employees to help process an onslaught of gun licensing applications, according to a news release issued Friday. According to the release, the bureau's Self Defense Act unit was processing applications within 52 days of receipt in April, but the process time has grown to 97 days. To reduce the time, the OSBI also has established a temporary night shift, effective Aug. 1, and added two additional temporary employees. The bureau is using every available employee in every division to assist with the volume of applications received, the news release stated.

Officials see

fire danger

Oklahoma Forestry Services officials ask the public to be aware of the increasing potential for extreme wildland fires to occur across much of the state. “Conditions are deteriorating,” state forester George Geissler said in a news release. A wildfire can be sparked by common activities like lawn mowing. Early spring rains resulted in a rapid greening of lawns, pastures and hay meadows. With persistent drought these areas contain dry fuels that are highly flammable, Geissler said. Burn bans are in place for many counties. Go to www.forestry.ok.gov for a list of county burn bans and links to each county's resolution.


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