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July 23, 2012

Firefighters stay busy with outbreak of area blazes

STILLWATER, Okla. — Firefighters in Stillwater and surrounding areas are being kept busy fighting fires.

Firefighters extinguished a small grass fire in the 2400 block of W. 26th Avenue on Saturday and a structure fire at 122 W. Husband Court Sunday.

According to the activity report, the structure fire was determined to have started in the exterior of the building and traveled inside the residential duplex.

Neighbors said they saw smoke and warped siding at the bedroom window and applied water with a garden hose, the report stated.

Carol Robinson, communications supervisor with the Yale Police Department, said it was a fairly quiet weekend in Yale but the Yale Fire Department did help battle a fire in Drumright Sunday. Firefighters spent more than five hours assisting in that call, Robinson said.

Cushing Fire Department’s Derek Griffith said they assisted the Ripley Fire Department at a grass fire at the 8200 block of W. Lumpkin Lane Saturday and for a fire in the Milfay area.

Temperatures continue to zip into the 100s with little relief. The National Weather Service in Norman issued heat advisories and requested Oklahomans take precautions when spending time outside, including drinking plenty of water and wearing light and loose fitting clothes.

Stillwater Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins reminded residents of a ban on outdoor burning. Payne County commissioners issued the burn ban July 9.

 “The ban prohibits any outside burning whatsoever,” Hawkins said. “The only thing that it will allow is smokers and cookers that are used commercially for food preparation.”

Charcoal- and wood-burning cookers are prohibited under the ban.

“Violating the burn ban carries the potential for a citation by the Sheriff’s Department and can even include jail time,” Hawkins said.

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