Local & Regional
Mon January 23, 2012
Dust Blows into Green Country
Oklahoma City, OK –
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Strong wind gusts kicked up sand and fanned wildfires in parts of central and western Oklahoma, but no injuries or structural damage was reported.
The Oklahoman reported Sunday that a wildfire caused road closures and an the evacuation of a mobile home park as it scorched 40 acres south of Oklahoma City. Another five acres burned near Chandler to the east. Both wildfires were brought under control within hours.
Meteorologist Ken Gallant says the strongest gusts are expected in far western Oklahoma, where people could see speeds well over 50 mph.
The National Weather Service also says outdoor burning is strongly discouraged in southwest Oklahoma, where the windy weather, combined with low humidity and temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s, means fires could spread rapidly.