More Wild Fires Likely Today

Mar 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another warm, windy day could mean another active day of wildfires in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire warning for 16 counties in far western Oklahoma for noon to 7 p.m. Monday. Besides temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees statewide, southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts and a low relative humidity in the 15 to 20 percent range are expected in the warning area. Forecasters warned that any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Despite recent rainfall, grass and other vegetation remains dormant and dry. On Sunday, several fires broke out in central and eastern Oklahoma, damaging at least two barns. No injuries were reported and no homes burned. Rain chances are forecast to increase on Tuesday.


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