Red flag warnings in effect across Oklahoma as wind sweeps down the plains
Red flag warnings are in effect across almost all of Oklahoma on Thursday as forecasters predict record-warm temperatures and winds up to 50 mph.
The fire danger warning covers all of Oklahoma except McCurtain County through Thursday afternoon. Forecasters are urging extreme caution, as high winds and low relative humidity are expected to allow any fire that begins to spread quickly.
In a statement Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin asked residents to take precautions, and postpone activities that might spark a blaze, such as outdoor grilling or campfires.
“We know from past experience that everyone doing their part can have an effect,” Fallin said. “This is a short duration event with potentially dire consequences. But vigilant residents can reduce the potential impacts.”