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Cache Volunteer Fire Department personnel battle a recent grass fire that occurred near the city’s lagoon. Prolonged drought conditions across Southwest Oklahoma, along with high winds and extremely dry vegetation, have greatly increased the risk of large-scale grass and range fires. Some area counties have issued burn bans in response.

Dangerous days

In Cache and across the area, fire chiefs worry

As drought conditions continue unabated across Southwest Oklahoma into the spring, the risk of large-scale grass and range fire is on the increase thanks to the combination of dry vegetation and high winds.

Cache Fire Chief Dale Winham said winter storms that brought snow and ice to the area did not quench the area's drought. He said the storm actually contributed to the growth of still-dry vegetation, which often fuels grass fires when blown by wind gusts.

"We're subject to a very serious fire danger right now," he said. "We hope no one has a controlled burn that gets out of hand."

Winham recommends that farmers and ranchers who need to do controlled burns use burn barrels and have water nearby in the event the blaze starts to get out of control and monitor it until it has been extinguished.

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