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March 7, 2014

Fires spread under lifted burn ban

CHICKASHA —

Sunday was eventful for Grady County. The weather warmed up, time moved forward and 56 controlled burns were called in.

Seven of the 56 controlled burns got out of control, Paulette Nicholas, Grady County Emergency Management, said at the Grady County Commissioners meeting. 

The commissioners lifted the burn ban in late February and have made the decision whether or not to lift the ban each week through discussion with emergency management. 

No action was taken this week, which means the burn ban remains lifted. 

"By this time next week, that could change," Nicholas said. 

The weather forecast continues to be dry with high winds, Nicholas said. A red flag warning was issued for Grady County later on Monday afternoon because of the high winds, low humidity and high temperatures. The red flag warning means that any fires started were likely to spread rapidly and outdoor burning was not recommended. Around 2 p.m. that afternoon, a controlled burn got out of control east of Chickasha. 

On one side, dispatch is wanting the burn ban in place, but on the other side, farmers are needing to get work done, Nicholas said. For example, corn farmers are needing to burn the excess vegetation before they can plant. 

George Manning, E911 Coordinator reported that there were 1,527 911 calls in February, which is down from 2,074 calls. Only 131 of the 1,527 calls were made from landlines, Manning said. 

In other business: 

The Friend Fire Department will have a BBQ dinner and cake auction at the Friend School Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fundraiser is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. 

The Mutual Assistance Agreement between the Oklahoma City County Sheriff's Dive Team and Grady County EMS Dive Team was approved. 

The request for bids for roadside spraying for all districts was approved. 

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