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Started by Oklahoma State University, burn associations have been around the state for more than 10 years. As ironic as it may be, these associations have been spreading like wildfire since the idea came to fruition within the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU.
“There are now 15 associations in the state covering 30 counties with more than 350 members,” said John Weir, rangeland ecology and management research associate. “In the last three years, six of the most active associations have conducted 125 burns on more than 60,000 acres. And that’s done the right way and done safely.”
The central idea of the associations is for landowners to pool their equipment and help each other burn safely.
“In areas where you have small land ownernships, where the pastures aren’t as big and you have fragmented ownership, people want to burn, but they have concerns about burning and not being able to do it,” Weir said. “It gives you added equipment and labor to make the burns safer. One of the biggest benefits members will see is a reduction in liability.”
Some landowners may be a bit apprehensive to burn because of lack of experience or the threat of a fire moving to a neighbor’s land. By joining as burn associations, these landowners can manage these risks with more experienced people.
“If the fire would happen to escape and spread to a neighboring area, it may be another member of the association who is probably going to burn anyway,” Weir said. “It is neighbor helping neighbor, sharing resources.”
Many of the associations receive financial aid through federal and local grants and donations, including some vehicles from local fire departments that support the burn associations.
“It’s a win-win situation for not only the landowners, but also the community in general,” Weir said. “I’d love to see every county in the state have them.”
For landowners interested in joining a burn association near their property, or starting an association if none are near by, information can be found at www.oklahomaprescribedfire
council.okstate.edu. Also, county Extension educators can be contacted for additional information.
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SLIDESHOW: Freezing temps keep many at home Friday
Edmond residents awoke to a winter wonderland and the realities of getting to their vehicles and driving on snow-packed streets. Even though the storm system began moving out of Oklahoma Friday, a state official cautioned residents to not disregard safety measures too soon.
During the coming days, the Edmond area will experience sub-freezing daytime temperatures and nighttime lows in the teens and single digits.
Logan Co. investigation nets 7 arrests
Logan County officers made seven arrests in an investigation stemming from the reported theft of a $45,000 John Deere Skid Steer, police said.
Friday morning, after a week-long investigation, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said earlier in the week the agency responded to a complaint from a victim of a larceny who had his John Deere Skid Steer stolen from Oklahoma City.
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Nelson Mandela spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid before leading South Africa in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. The iconic figure died Thursday at the age of 95.
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Thursday's snow and sleet fall in Edmond and across the metro continues to impact schedules and events planned for this weekend.
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South Africans flocked to the Johannesburg home of Nelson Mandela to mourn his death and pay tribute to a leader who led the nation out of racial discord by encouraging reconciliation.
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The National Weather Service forecast called for a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and a 20 percent chance Sunday.
In addition to the slick and hazardous streets and highways, residents dealt with bitter cold temperatures. Highs were expected near 22 degrees on Friday, 20 on Saturday, 26 on Sunday and 22 on Monday. Lows were expected near 5 degrees Friday, 17 Saturday, 15 Sunday and 8 Monday.
Thursday evening, slick, snow-covered streets created havoc in Edmond as commuters and other motorists traveled to their destinations. Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said police officers were responding only to injury crashes.
Planners look at retail/urban housing mixes in downtown
A presentation by Freese Nichols consultants of Fort Worth was made Wednesday to city staff and leaders regarding the Downtown Master Plan.
The Central Edmond Urban Development Board has revisited plans made in a 1998 Downtown Master Plan through public meetings and presentations to protect the future development of Broadway.
“Right now we are at the point of providing an assessment of not only the physical environment, but also the market conditions,” said Wendy Shabay, an associate urban planner with Freese Nichols. The next meeting in January will focus on recommendations.
Volunteers keep HOPE Center afloat
HOPE Center of Edmond is the community’s compassionate response to families needing a helping hand. Giving of one’s time is valuable when it comes to helping the HOPE Center of Edmond fulfill its charitable mission.
The food and clothing closet for Edmond area residents offers a health clinic and limited emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, said Chris Sperry, executive director. The HOPE Health Clinic focuses on pre-natal and obstetrics care for women.
The annual Edmond Sun Samaritan Fund Drive has set a goal of raising $165,000 for HOPE.
Nearly 14,000 hours were donated by HOPE volunteers in 2012, Sperry said. Their hard work has a lasting impact on the community, she said. Many HOPE volunteers were themselves clients at one time needing temporary assistance.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a Toy Drive before Sunday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, collecting toys outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena starting at 4 p.m. The Toy Drive is part of the sixth annual Thunder Holiday Assist initiative, presented by Cox Communications.
Fans attending the game and those headed downtown Sunday evening are encouraged to stop by the tents outside the northeast and northwest arena entrances and donate new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
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