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Wildfire Preparedness

Evacuating in the event of wildfire

Oklahomans know first-hand the devastation and destruction a wildfire can cause. Families in the path of dangerous blazes often leave or are ordered to evacuate their homes for safety reasons.

Using a fire extinguisher

It only takes a short, few minutes for a spark to grow into a blaze. Knowing when and how to use a fire extinguisher can help save lives and property.

Use zone concept to protect home from wildfires

More than 830,000 acres of land across Oklahoma have burned so far this month due to wildfires. Lives, homes, livestock and crops have been lost in the devastation.

Removing smoke odor following a fire

Many parts of Oklahoma recently experienced devastating wildfires. Some families lost their homes, while other homes and structures in the path of the flames were spared.

Fire facts

Facts about wildfire, prescribed fire, fire safety, resources and OSU experts.

There is light at the end of the tunnel after wildfire

Oklahomans continue to be reminded of the devastation that can come with wildfire. While homes, structures and livestock can be lost, landowners who rely on grasslands, shrublands and forests as an enterprise are left trying to figure out how to recover the vegetation and habitat.

It is wise to be firewise

Fire in Oklahoma is extremely beneficial. It restores grasslands and controls unwanted species. It is a natural process that provides habitat for certain wildlife.

Recent moisture effects on wildfire

Moisture content effects wildfires and their probability. It is important to be prepared and stay up to date on wildfire probability.

Composting may be timely solution for disposal of dead livestock and large animals

Wildfires that blazed their way through parts of central and northwestern Oklahoma recently highlight the need to act quickly to dispose of livestock and other large animal carcasses.

Follow state-approved methods for burying carcasses of livestock killed by wildfires

Recent wildfires have left some agricultural producers contemplating burial of deceased animals as the most expedient way of disposing of livestock carcasses.

Emergency evacuation plans must include your pets

Oklahoma once again is in the midst of major wildfires in the western part of the state. Fire has consumed more than 366,000 acres with no end in sight.

Do not forget about post-wildfire trauma in livestock

Adrenaline-fueled panic and confusion may still be affecting livestock even after the flames of recent wildfires have passed, meaning producers need to use caution when working with the animals.

Safe water, food and medicine important after wildfire

After a wildfire, the safety of water and food as well as medications are at the top of the priority list for affected families.

Flipping the switch on power outages

Power outages happen, but families do not have to be left in the dark when the lights go out.

Assessing damage outside and inside of homes after a wildfire

Oklahomans affected by a wildfire may be wondering what to look for inside and outside when assessing the damage to their homes.

Paying attention to mental health during wildfire recovery

After losing so much, families affected by the wildfires sweeping across western Oklahoma may be feeling emotionally overwhelmed, which raises the need to pay attention to potential mental health concerns.

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