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Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Wildfire Preparedness and Recovery

Living in Oklahoma often means dealing with natural disasters. This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and prepared for emergencies.


 

Fire-related Fact Sheets

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheets provide research-based information on a wide variety of subjects in regard to agriculture, economic development, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Below is a group of fire-related Fact Sheets you may find useful.

Wildfires in Oklahoma

AGEC-1066 - Disaster Losses and Related Tax Rules

AGEC-1027 - The Dangers of Backyard Trash Burning

NREM-2881- Management After Wildfire (this is about wildlife)

NREM-2877 - Fire Effects in Native Plant Communities

BAE-1533 - Drought and Its Impact on Agricultural Water Resources in Oklahoma

CR-2174 - Crop Insurance Limitation to Adoption of Irrigated Grain Sorghum

AGEC-333 - Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance Program (PRF)

ANSI-8219 - Proper Disposal of Routine and Catastrophic Livestock and Poultry Mortality

ANSI-8220 - On-Farm Mortality Composting of Livestock Carcasses

T-4150 - Getting Your Records in Order: Organizing Household Records

 


 

Wildfire recovery tip sheets

Assessing damage outside and inside of homes after a wildfire

Follow state-approved methods for burying carcasses of livestock killed by wildfires

Composting: a timely option for disposal of dead livestock and large animals

Feeding livestock without hay or pasture

Safe water, food and medicine after wildfires

Post-wildfire trauma in livestock

Paying attention to mental health during wildfire recovery

Emergency evacuation plans must include your pets

Removing smoke odors from homes following wildfires



 

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Evacuating in the event of wildfire

Oklahomans know first-hand the devastation and destruction a wildfire can cause. Families in the path of dangerous blazes often leave or are ordered to evacuate their homes for safety reasons.

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Using a fire extinguisher

It only takes a short, few minutes for a spark to grow into a blaze. Knowing when and how to use a fire extinguisher can help save lives and property.

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Use zone concept to protect home from wildfires

More than 830,000 acres of land across Oklahoma have burned so far this month due to wildfires. Lives, homes, livestock and crops have been lost in the devastation.

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Removing smoke odor following a fire

Many parts of Oklahoma recently experienced devastating wildfires. Some families lost their homes, while other homes and structures in the path of the flames were spared.

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Fire facts

Facts about wildfire, prescribed fire, fire safety, resources and OSU experts.

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Stillwater taking lead in wildfire precaution

Stillwater is a bit of a pioneer in becoming the largest city in the state to receive a FIREWISE designation.

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There is light at the end of the tunnel after wildfire

Oklahomans continue to be reminded of the devastation that can come with wildfire. While homes, structures and livestock can be lost, landowners who rely on grasslands, shrublands and forests as an enterprise are left trying to figure out how to recover the vegetation and habitat.

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It is wise to be firewise

Fire in Oklahoma is extremely beneficial. It restores grasslands and controls unwanted species. It is a natural process that provides habitat for certain wildlife.

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Composting may be timely solution for disposal of dead livestock and large animals

Wildfires that blazed their way through parts of central and northwestern Oklahoma recently highlight the need to act quickly to dispose of livestock and other large animal carcasses.

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Follow state-approved methods for burying carcasses of livestock killed by wildfires

Recent wildfires have left some agricultural producers contemplating burial of deceased animals as the most expedient way of disposing of livestock carcasses.

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Emergency evacuation plans must include your pets

Oklahoma once again is in the midst of major wildfires in the western part of the state. Fire has consumed more than 366,000 acres with no end in sight.

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Do not forget about post-wildfire trauma in livestock

Adrenaline-fueled panic and confusion may still be affecting livestock even after the flames of recent wildfires have passed, meaning producers need to use caution when working with the animals.

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Wildfire-related livestock losses may qualify for financial assistance program

Livestock producers who lost animals to recent wildfires may qualify for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program.

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Safe water, food and medicine important after wildfire

After a wildfire, the safety of water and food as well as medications are at the top of the priority list for affected families.

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Flipping the switch on power outages

Power outages happen, but families do not have to be left in the dark when the lights go out.

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Assessing damage outside and inside of homes after a wildfire

Oklahomans affected by a wildfire may be wondering what to look for inside and outside when assessing the damage to their homes.

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Paying attention to mental health during wildfire recovery

After losing so much, families affected by the wildfires sweeping across western Oklahoma may be feeling emotionally overwhelmed, which raises the need to pay attention to potential mental health concerns.

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Preserving land after a wildfire

OSU Fire Ecologist John Weir has some helpful tips for your land after a wildfire. (4/13/18)

Management After Wildfire

Fire Effects in Native Plant Communities

The Dangers of Backyard Trash Burning

 

Handling livestock after a fire

OSU Extension Veterinarian Barry Whitworth offers advice on handling livestock injured by fire. (4/13/18)

Management After Wildfire

Fire Effects in Native Plant Communities

The Dangers of Backyard Trash Burning

 

Wildfire in Oklahoma – Preparation

We talk with producers, firefighters and emergency management officials in Harper County, fire officials with the Oklahoma Forestry Service, the director of Oklahoma Emergency Management and state specialists from Extension on how to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

 

 

Wildfire in Oklahoma – “Go Time”

We talk with producers, firefighters and emergency management officials in Harper County, fire officials with the Oklahoma Forestry Service, the director of Oklahoma Emergency Management and state specialists from Extension. We will discuss what we can do during the event and how to act in a fire situation.

 

 

Wildfire in Oklahoma – Rebuilding

We talk with producers, firefighters and emergency management officials in Harper County. We will discuss what to do after the fire and how to rebuild after a tragedy.

Management After Wildfire

Fire Effects in Native Plant Communities

 

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