Lack of rain tends to bring higher risk of wild fire across southern Oklahoma.
Little precipitation paired with high temperatures and relatively low and fluctuating humidity can exacerbate those issues.
After the dry week, there were several small grass fires across Carter and Love counties. Friday afternoon, a larger wild fire in Love County brought out assets from all Love County fire departments, as well as a dozer to help with containment, according to David Bond, Love County assistant emergency management director. “There were 371 acres burned,” Bond said. “They used a dozer to get things under control.” Bond said the blaze was located in Loves Valley, at the far east end of McGehee Road, a few miles southeast of the city of Marietta. No injuries were reported.
Ardmore Fire Department Training Officer Jason Woydziak said it’s important to use caution even when there has not been a burn ban issued. He also said while there have been some small grass fires along Highway 70, there had not been any major issues in the city.
 “It is illegal to burn trash and yard waste within 100 feet of any structure inside city limits,” Woydziak said. “That includes wood burning fire pits. Those are considered an open burn. Gas fire pits and barbeque grills are okay to use.” Woydziak said it’s best to use charcoal grills over concrete or another non-flammable surface and monitor them at all times. “You don’t want to step inside to get your steaks and have an ember fly out,” Woydziak said. “When your gas is crunchy it doesn’t take long for the back yard to end up on fire.”
Woydziak said there isn’t currently a burn ban, but they also aren’t issuing burn permits at this time. He cautioned those who do choose to burn items that if they cause damage to properties, they may be fined. “The fire marshal does have the ability to cite people if there is damage caused from burning getting out of hand,” Woydziak said.
Another issue this time of year, Woydziak said, are fires caused by chains hanging from trailers causing sparks along area highways. “When the humidity is lower, those sparks can cause grass fires,” Woydziak said.