A wildfire sparked from burning brush consumed about five acres in Pottawatomie County Thursday afternoon, making it one of several grass fires reported in recent days.

A wildfire sparked from burning brush consumed about five acres in Pottawatomie County Thursday afternoon, making it one of several grass fires reported in recent days.

With tall, dormant grasses and weather conditions, it’s wildfire season.

Tecumseh Fire Chief Aaron Williams said Thursday’s grass fire on Rattlesnake Hill Road was sparked by what began as a controlled burn.

Williams, who said they’ve responded to several small grass fires this week, said it time to think about the winter fire season as he urges everyone to use caution.

“The grasses are dormant and it’s not going to green up with rain,” he said.

Williams said all the moisture over the summer made grasses grow, so there’s an abundance of tall, dry grass.

An abandoned home burned in Macomb Thursday, and that fire was sparked from what began as a small brush fire.

With fire season, Macomb Fire Chief Richard Baker reminds everyone to “be watchful of what they do.”

And if someone decides to burn brush, Baker said residents should make sure the conditions are favorable and “stay out there with it.”

Williams agrees and said anyone burning this time of year should first call their local fire department’s non-emergency number to let them know they are planning a controlled burn.

And if someone has questions on when is the best day or time to burn, Williams said firefighters can advise on that as well.

To be prepared for the winter wildfire season, firefighters remind residents to keep grasses around their home cut short and also keep tree limbs, brush piles and wood away from homes.

According to Oklahoma Forestry Services, it’s important to pay attention to the amount of vegetation and other flammable materials near, beside, above or beneath a home as it takes just a spark to start a wildfire that can quickly spread.

For more information on wildfires and creating a Firewise home, go to http://www.forestry.ok.gov/firewisehomes.