Claremore firefighters at Tri-District Station One told Channel 8 they are officially on standby to handle more fires in the next few days. That comes after the State's Emergency Operations Center launched a Code Red at 10 a.m. Sunday. This code means there is an extremely high risk for fires.
Officials said this increased risk is due to ongoing dry, hot conditions.
The majority of the volunteers at Station One in Claremore attended a training session Sunday morning to prepare to handle the overflow. Officials said they plan to battle fires as quickly and efficiently as possible.
"You know, getting it knocked down. Getting it out, because this heat's really taxing our firefighters," said Emergency Management Director Bob Anderson.
Anderson said the station has already handled double to nearly triple the number of calls this summer than they normally would. He said the station responds to land fires the most.
Firefighters are asking the public to respect burn bans and be very careful with outdoor machinery, like lawn mowers that can spark.
This Code Red expires Tuesday.