The Oklahoma Youth Expo Legislative and Livestock Show was held on March 14 in Oklahoma City at the State Fairgrounds as part of the annual Oklahoma Youth Expo.

I was honored to have the opportunity to show a sheep with Radley Keener from Inola in Rogers County. I enjoyed the event and congratulate Radley for his hard work and dedication in preparing to show his sheep.

The legacy of the Oklahoma Youth Expo is nearly a century old, and has traditionally provided the youth of Oklahoma an opportunity to compete with others from around the state in the livestock event.

Today, the Oklahoma Youth Expo is known as the largest youth event in Oklahoma.

On another topic, Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 22 counties due to this month’s wildfires, after 1.4 million acres burned in Beaver, Harper and Woodward counties in northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

To date, six people have died from the wildfires. Losses have also included livestock, hay, equipment and property.

Fire conditions are expected to continue this week, and the governor’s 30-day emergency order encompasses multiple counties across the northern tier of the state, including our own northeastern Oklahoma.

Please be mindful of the heightened fire danger and take precautions as the state is so dry in many areas.

As always, I will be keeping you aware of Senate news and the business of the state.

Senator Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) serves District 3 in the Oklahoma State Senate. He may be contacted at 405-521-5574 or shaw@oksenate.gov.