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Dry, Windy Conditions Prompt Forestry Service to Discourage Burning as Fire Danger Grows in OK

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:13:26 CST

Dry, Windy Conditions Prompt Forestry Service to Discourage Burning as Fire Danger Grows in OK Outdoor burning is not advised today or tomorrow due to the dry, windy conditions that will be present over most of the state. Officials from Oklahoma Forestry Services report that dry conditions over the last week have led to extending fire danger into Thursday.

“Wind will be a factor beginning today as warm dry conditions continue,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Any fire that starts will spread rapidly, so we are urging everyone to delay any outdoor activity that might spark a blaze. Simple postponement of burning can mean the difference during these dangerous conditions.”

Given the current fire weather forecast, today is expected to present the highest fire danger. A Red Flag Warning has been issued today for the Oklahoma Panhandle and for counties in far western Oklahoma. Fire danger will continue to be high ahead of a cold front set to enter the state Thursday night, bringing southwest winds at 20-25 mph with potential gusts in excess of 30 mph.

Caution should be exercised with outdoor grilling, welding, and camp fires. “We are just asking Oklahomans to remain vigilant as we enter our winter fire season,” said Geissler.

Citizens are asked to report any new fires or suspicious smoke to the closest fire department. Safety of the firefighters and public is of the utmost concern and with this weather forecast one of the main threats for firefighters will be rapid spread of any fire start.

Source - Oklahoma Forestry Services



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