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September 1, 2023

OFS Urging Caution Due to Elevated Fire Danger in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Forestry Services is urging Oklahomans to use an abundance of caution with fire over the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

Elevated fire danger will be in place across most of the state through the weekend. High temperatures will again be above normal and when combined with ongoing dry conditions, elevated fire danger is firmly in place. It has been weeks since most areas in the state have seen measurable rainfall.

“Above normal temperatures and a lack of rain mean wildland fuel dryness is concerning,” said State Forester Mark Goeller. “Oklahoma Forestry Services is closely monitoring the weather forecasts. In the meantime, we are urging our fellow Oklahomans to be very careful with any activity that may spark a wildfire.”

Thunderstorm chances for southeastern Oklahoma on Sunday are forecast to bring the potential for wildfire caused by lightning. Western Oklahoma will see enhanced fire danger on Labor Day. County Burn Bans are in effect for nine counties across the southern tier of Oklahoma. County burn bans may mean that some recreational fires, including campfires, are not allowed. Please check the updated OFS Burn Ban map on our website the latest information.

Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state’s lead wildland firefighting agency. Visit for the latest fire information and county burn ban resolutions.


Note to news media: For the latest Oklahoma “Wildfire Situation Report” visit The report contains information about recent fire activity, predicted fire weather and a link for current burn bans.