OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with several agencies across the state to keep residents informed and safe as wildfires burn homes and land across the state.
OEM is at Level Three activation, which means the agency has extended its operating hours for key personnel. It is also working with the Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Forestry Division, Oklahoma Health Department, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
On Friday, wildfires scorched thousands of acres in Harrah, Goldsby, Choctaw, Norman, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Shawnee, Kingfisher, Stroud and Beggs. The State Emergency Operations Center has coordinating with the Oklahoma National Guard to provide water drops over several burning areas.
OEM offered these tips to help prevent the start of wildfires:
If a wildfire does start in your area, follow this advice:
As fires actually approach, take the following actions:
If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.