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10:21 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Fire Danger at Critical Level

The fire danger is extreme across much of Oklahoma today. The extremely dry conditions couple with the intense drought has turned the state into a tinderbox. Click here for a link to the National Weather ServiceĀ  and below you will find the text of the Red Flag Warning.

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM CDT

THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG

WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM CDT

THIS EVENING...

FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

* IN OKLAHOMA...WASHINGTON...WAGONER...OTTAWA...ROGERS...

PAWNEE...OSAGE...CRAIG...NOWATA...CREEK...OKFUSKEE...

MCINTOSH...MUSKOGEE...TULSA...OKMULGEE AND MAYES.

* THIS WARNING REPLACES THE RED FLAG WATCH THAT WAS IN EFFECT

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

* CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS MUCH OF

NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA BY MID MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON

HOURS.

* LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 15 TO 20 PERCENT.

* SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 30

MPH.

IMPACTS...

* ANY FIRES WILL QUICKLY SPREAD OUT OF CONTROL AND ENDANGER

LIVES AND PROPERTY.

DEFINITION...

* A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT A DANGEROUS COMBINATION OF

WEATHER CONDITIONS AND DRY VEGETATION IS EXPECTED WITHIN 24

HOURS...FAVORING RAPID GROWTH AND SPREAD OF ANY WILDFIRES.

THE PRIMARY WEATHER FACTORS INCLUDE STRONGER WINDS...LOWER

HUMIDITIES...AND WARMER TEMPERATURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

* DISPOSE OF CIGARETTES PROPERLY AND AVOID ACTIVITIES THAT COULD

START FIRES. A BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF OKLAHOMA.

* STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL RADIO OR

TELEVISION FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS WEATHER

EVENT. ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT:

WEATHER.GOV/TULSA.

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