Wildfire Danger

Undated – Wildfire potential enhanced over Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) At least 16 Oklahoma counties will have an enhanced risk for wildfires on Thursday.

The National Weather Service says temperatures ranging from the upper 60s to low 80s and southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph will help increase the wildfire potential, particularly across western Oklahoma.

Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward counties are under a red flag warning. Custer, Dewey, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Washita counties are under a fire weather watch.

Despite two significant snowfalls since the beginning of February, much of the state continues to be abnormally dry.

A storm system may track through the state over the weekend and bring some rain, but the weather service says chances are slight.

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