Dry conditions mixed with unusually high temperatures are the makings of potentially dangerous fire conditions for Grand Lake this Fourth of July. According to Monkey Island Fire Chief Carl Tesreau, Monkey Island Fire Department put out six grass fires Saturday and Sunday alone.
Butler Fire Department called for mutual aid from Grove and Cowskin Fire Departments earlier this weekend to help fight a grassfire that burned over 10 acres. Grove Fire Department is still issuing burn permits, however they are good for only three days. “Be extremely careful when burning or setting off fireworks. It’s getting very dry,” said Asst. Chief Rocky DeSilva. “It’s going to get worse unless we start getting some good rain, so everyone needs to be extremely careful,” said Tesreau. The Oklahoma State Department of Forestry issued the following Fireworks Safety Tips • Use fireworks under close adult supervision in safe areas away from dry grass and brush.
• Keep fireworks away from homes and structures, which can be accidentally ignited.
• Keep a hose, bucket of water and wet towels nearby to extinguish small fires.
• Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.