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11:22 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Forestry Services Predict High Fire Danger

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials at Oklahoma Forestry Services are urging residents to avoid outdoor burning this week due to the dry, windy conditions present over a large portion of the state.

Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler says the state has experienced a few weeks of moisture due to snowfall. But Geissler says warmer conditions have caused the state to dry out.

A series of cold fronts are predicted to move through the state with little to no moisture. Low relative humidity combined with higher temperatures and gusty winds means fires can ignite easily and will spread quickly. All outdoor burning is discouraged.

There are 12 county burn bans in place prohibiting a variety of outdoor activities. The counties are Alfalfa, Blaine, Canadian, Creek, Le Flore, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Wagoner, Grady, Jefferson and Tillman.