Emergency personnel stay busy during holiday week

Posted in: News
Jul 11, 2013 - 8:45:58 AM

DARK OF NIGHTOn July 2, Marlow Fire Chief, Ryan Hall was asked about grassfire calls the department had received. Hall said none had been reported, he looked around and knocked on wood.
Wood-knocking didn’t work, and from the 3rd to the 6th, MFD responded to 10 calls – half due to fireworks.
“It was real quiet until the third, then it started for us,” Hall said. “We battled grass fires every day until Saturday.”
In May, Marlow received 4.99 inches of rain. June was drier with only 2.43 inches recorded by the Oklahoma Mesonet. For nearly a month, Marlow has seen nothing more than a trace of precipitation. For the year, the area has received 19 inches of rain, slightly ahead of the average.
“Conditions are starting to get dry,” Hall said. “With the rain we got, it made everything thicker and taller.” BY LIGHT OF DAY
Although not currently under a burn ban, without rain, a ban may have to be considered, according to Hall.
“There is still green grass, so the fires are slow moving right now,” the chief said. “If we don’t get more rain, it’s not going to be long where a burn ban will be here again.”
The recent grass fires were not limited to one area. There were fires reported inside and outside city limits.
It is illegal to shoot fireworks in town, but through either ignorance or defiance of the law, fireworks can still be heard and seen around town. When that happens, the police department is notified.
Marlow Police Chief ,Jimmy Williams estimated the department received over 100 calls about fireworks during the week.
“We didn’t receive any more calls this year than we did last year,” Williams said.
Hall urges residents to use common sense when either burning or using fireworks.
“If you start a fire near tall grass, it is going to burn,” he said.