August 03, 2011
Texas Burn Ban Now Covering 248 Counties
Due to the continued drought and wildfire danger conditions, all but six counties in Texas officially have burn bans in effect. Officials say the lack of rain along with the extremely high temperature is making Texas a wildfire hazard. The Texas Forest Service says that now more and more wildfires are being started by flat tires dragging, parking cars in dry grass, unattended campfires as well as careless debris burning.
Oklahoma Wildfires Continue As Record Breaking Heat Goes On
As the temperatures in Oklahoma Continue to rise and rain continues to stay away wildfires continue to spring up all around Oklahoma. Firefighters were battling two major grass-fires in the Tulsa area. Oklahoma, like Texas, is experiencing a hot dry summer with no end in sight. The wildfires near Tulsa consumed hundreds of acres and destroyed at least 8 homes as firefighters were forced to evacuate people and several firefighters were injured due to the heat. Officials warn that fire danger is extremely high due to the low humidity, and officials have now issued a burn ban in all 77 counties of Oklahoma.