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Residents warned of extreme fire danger

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Extreme fire dangers were discussed during the Sequoyah County commissioners' weekly meeting on Monday.

Rural Fire Protection District (RFPD) 1 fire chief Heath Orabanec said, "We are asking that county residents be mindful right now of the dry conditions we are all experiencing, especially when burning outdoors."

Last week, the Sallisaw Fire Department, along with surrounding area fire departments, were called out to numerous fires. This Sunday, the trend continued with a structure fire that had spread to an adjacent field.

"With no projected rainfall for the next 10 days and record-setting highs forecasted for the upcoming week, county residents should be on high alert and use extra caution," Orabanec added.

Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford said, "Right now there is no active burn ban in place for Sequoyah County. However, we are currently at a moderate risk. The new drought monitor report comes out on Thursday, so I will continue to monitor the situation and inform residents as new information becomes available."

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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