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Forecasters warn of high fire danger across Oklahoma

Forecasters are warning residents of high fire danger this week across much of Oklahoma.

A red flag warning is in effect in 44 counties in central and western Oklahoma until 8 p.m. Monday, and again from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasters are predicting extreme fire danger on Tuesday and Wednesday, with high fire danger continuing through Friday.

A combination of warm weather, high winds and low relative humidity are creating prime conditions for wildfires to spread once sparked, forecasters said. Forecasters warned against outdoor burning.

In a statement, Oklahoma state forester Gus Geissler said the wildfire threat is expected to build through mid-week.

“We are urging people not to do any outdoor burning or other activity that might spark a blaze through Wednesday," Geissler said. "We also ask that you report any fire or smoke you see to your nearest fire department. Time is of the essence with the present and predicted fire danger as any new fire will spread rapidly.”

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›