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Oklahoma most recent state to suffer from wildfires

Oklahoma is the latest state to fall victims to serious wildfires this summer, with record-breaking heat waves and droughts thought to be major causes.
Oklahoma is the latest state to fall victims to serious wildfires this summer, with record-breaking heat waves and droughts thought to be major causes.

As the nation continues to suffer from the worst heat wave and subsequent drought in decades, Oklahoma is the most recent victim of statewide wildfires, with at least 10 blazes continuing to burn through Saturday in an area that has seen temperatures reach 110 degrees over the summer, according to Fox News.

Authorities said that evacuation orders were in effect and that several state roads remained closed over the weekend, due to drifting smoke and nearby flames.

Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker told the Associated Press that a serious fire had claimed 91 square miles in Creek County and that it would hopscotch, leaving some areas unscathed, while completely destroying others.

"It's not like an inferno moving across the landscape," Finch-Walker said. "You can drive for miles down the highway and see nothing but black, but then you can see pockets of green, pockets unburned. Maybe there was a creek (that stopped the fire). Maybe the wind blew it in a different direction."

Finch-Walker added that fire season is just beginning, and it is too soon to predict if it will be as bad as last year, where firefighters battled about 1,800 fires, including an epic 93-square-mile fire in the Wichita Mountains.

According to state governor Mary Fallin, the fires have stretched the resources of Oklahoma but that it is doing everything in its power to extinguish the flames and get evacuated residents back to their homes.

As weather is unpredictable, and the aftereffects of it are even more difficult to pinpoint, businesses and organizations would be wise to work with a business continuity consultant. These professionals are adept at creating a plan catered to each individual company, and will ensure that regardless of the situation, the order of operations will continue to run smoothly, even if temporarily held at a hot site to keep employees safe. 

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