In the meantime, controlled burns appear the most effective way to combat cedar growth and prevent future wildfires. That's not always easy in newly developed areas, but the alternative is worse.
Fortunately, this nature-based practice hasn't been wiped out in Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University, more than 2.5 million acres in Oklahoma are control-burned each year. For now, the practice is the safest way to combat the cedar, preserve wildlife habitat and protect homeowners from the threat of inferno.