Dangerous fire season ahead for Oklahoma

Dangerous fire season ahead for Oklahoma


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WEBVTT >> IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THEMODELS THAT PEOPLE ARE PrtUTTINGOUT, YES, IT COULD BE A BADWINTER.MARKIE: THAT IS WHAT FIRE SAFETYOFFICIALS ARE SAYING ABOUT THECOMING MONTHS.rtIT IS SHAPING UP TO BE”DISASTROUS”.SHELBY HAYS WILL TALK LIVE WITHOKLAHOMA CITY FI>>rt IT HAS TO DO WITH PEOPLE WHOLIVE IN THE OUTLYING AREAS OFOKLAHOMA CITY.IT DOESN’T JUST AFFECT THEM, ITAFFECTS US ALL.MARKIE:rt –SHELBY FOUR STREET EXPERTSSAYING THIS COULD BE THE WORSTSEASON FOR WILDFIRES IN MORETHAN A DrtECADE.WE ARE GOING TO SIT WITH MAYORJOE JOHNSON — PEOPLE ARE SAYINGAT HOME THATrt IT’S RAINING.ONE OF THE B MISCONCEPTIONS ISTHAT JUST BECAUSE IT’S RAININGTODAY, IT DOESN’T HELP WITH THEFIRE DANGER ALL THAT LONG.rtIS THAT CORRECT?WHAT THE RAIN DOES FOR USNOW, WE ARE IN THE GROWINGrtSEASON.IT IS MAKING OUR GROWING — OURFUEL GROWTH.THIS WINTER, WHEN ITS DORMANT,THEY ARE GOING TO BURN.SHELBYrt IS THAT WHY WE AREEXPECTING THE FIRE SEASON TO BESO IMPACTFUL?>> THERE ARE A LOT OF CONTRIBUTEIN FACTORS.WE ARErt TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLEAWARE AND EDUCATE, PLAN, ANDPREPARE.THE BIG THING TO DO A BETTER JOBOF.SHELBY WE HAVE PREPArtRED FOR ALOT OF WEATHER DISASTERS HERE INOKLAHOMA.WE’VE PREPARED FOR STORMS.I THINK A LOT OF PEOPL THINK,AS THEY DOrt WITH STORMS, MAYBE ITWON’T AFFECT ME.YOU ARE TELLING PEOPLE THEY NEEDTO GET THEIR HOMES, PROPERTYREADY FOR A YEAR THAT COULD BEACTIVE.>>rt YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE YOURPROPERTY DEFENDABLE.IF YOU LIVE IN THE OUTLYINGAREAS OF OKLAHOMA CITYrt, EVEN ONTHE INSIDE, MAKE YOUR HOUSE MOREDEFENDABLE FOR US.YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM SLOWERRESPONSE TIMES.IT’S GOING TO TArtKE FIRE ANDPOLICE A FEW MORE MOMENTS TO GETTO YOUR HOUSE IF YOU LIVE IN THECOUNTR THEN THE METROPOLITANAREA.SHELBY: I GREW UP IN rtSOUTHERNOKLAHOMA.I’M FAMILIAR WITH SOME OF THETHINGS WE DID THERE.FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN TOWN, INTHE CITY, WHAT ARErt THEY — WHATDO THEY NEED TO DO?MOVE COMBUSTIBLES, FIRE FOOTAWAY FROM — FIREWOOD AWAY FROMTHE HOUSE.rtIF TREES ARE CLOSE TO YOURHOUSE, THEY NEED TO BE TRIMMED.I KNOW THEY ARE THERE FORAESTHETICrt PURPOSES, THAT THEYCAUSED THE PROBLEM WHEN THEFIRES SPREAD.SHELBY WHAT ABOUT THE LEAVES?rt MAKE SURE THEY ARE RAKED AWAYFROM THE HOUSE AT LEAST 30 FEET.CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS.SHELBY CLEANING THE GUTTERS,…

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