High winds raise concerns for a fire risk

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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 1/21 9:09 am Published: 1/21 8:38 am

High winds and dry grass have firefighters running nonstop and handling many more calls than normal. Monday, FOX 23 told you about several fire in Osage County and North Tulsa. Tuesday, we found out how volunteer fire departments in Turley and Osage County are handling all the fires.

The resources in Turley have been stretched thin. But Osage County officials said it's not the initial fire that causes the problem. They said it's what happens after.

"It's that second day that they go to work and they leave that brush pile and its unattended and it gets out and causes problems," said the assistant chief.

The assistant chief in Turley said it's because of the wind that firefighters have responded to more than a dozen calls since Sunday. Many of them were grass fires. FOX 23 was on the scene during a fire that started in the wood in Turley Monday afternoon. It took crews about 45 minutes to get it under control.

Officials say it only takes a few moments for something to catch fire and the wind is not helping. The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued a warning on Monday that said fire danger would be high through many parts of Northeastern Oklahoma.

The assistant chief said it's really not a good idea to light a fire outside in these windy conditions we've seen the past few days.

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