The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 5, 2014

Lack of rain, winds a 'recipe for disaster,' Honigsberg says

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Low humidity and a lack of precipitation have left the county in a “dangerous situation,” Certified Director of Emergency Management Mike Honigsberg said.

“As most folks are aware, we are in an extremely dangerous situation when it comes to the fire danger,” he said. “Humidity was in the low teens yesterday and may be even lower today. This — along with strong winds — is a good recipe for disaster when it comes to fire.”

Honigsberg said fire departments across the county spent Sunday afternoon fighting several fires. A small taskforce was sent to Quinlan in Woodward County late Sunday to assist with a large fire there.

“No controlled burning will be allowed today in Garfield County. Conditions are too dangerous for this activity,” Honigsberg said.

According to the Oklahoma Forestry Services, there are four county declared burn bans in effect.

Those bans are in Alfalfa, Custer, Roger Mills and Cimarron counties.