A wildfire erupted in Northwest Oklahoma on March 16, amidst dry, windy conditions. The majority of Oklahoma’s substates (all members of the Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils) house Rural Fire Defense Programs. The programs ensure all regions across the state have fire protection. Rural Fire Coordinators help establishe new fire departments where needed, assists all fire departments with equipment needs, training, pumper service testing, insurance rate reductions, dry hydrants, equipment specifications and understanding and compliance with state laws. Click here for more information including a map highlighting the location of each coordinator as well as contact information.
The following pictures and messages were published via Twitter and Instagram during the fire on March 16.
— Spencer Albracht (@spencerssa) March 16, 2015
Northwest Oklahoma Firefighters working hard today! Praying for those guys! pic.twitter.com/KJRCI3mK9x
— Phillip Ludwyck (@PLudwyck) March 16, 2015
Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, encourage Oklahomans to become Firewise:
Dangerous wildfires are common in Oklahoma. Within this hazardous fire environment, there are homes, subdivisions and entire communities that have been built in an area known to fire professionals as the wildland urban interface. However, many who live near woodland or grassland areas are ill prepared to survive an intense wildfire.
Our ability to save lives and property depends on preparation. Although we cannot “fire proof” the landscape, we can adopt a Ready, Set, Go approach.The Ready, Set, Go and Firewise Communities programs are collaborative outreach efforts to help individuals and communities be ready should a wildlfire threaten.