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The Morning Brew: Oklahoma could be in for a fiery winter

Oklahoma in for a dry, fiery winter?

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Oklahoma's winters have been relatively mild in recent years, and that is likely to be the case this year. But those celebrating another winter filled with 65 degree days might be getting ahead of themselves. This could be a fiery winter as well, thanks to those conditions. 

From the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture:

And, early 2018 is predicted to be even worse with near to above normal temperatures and less than normal precipitation statewide, plus an above average availability of fuels that mean potential increased fire size. Fuels are grasses, branches, leaves and drought stricken trees that are available as fuel for a fire outbreak. 

“This increased availability of fuels typically means that any fire that starts has the potential to grow large very quickly under fire weather conditions,” said Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief for Oklahoma Forestry Services. “Through the combined effort with our partners with the National Weather Service, we’ve gotten so much better at accurately predicting fire outbreaks and this allows us to preposition firefighters and stage aircraft to quickly respond to new fires.”

The winter of 2017 was among the warmest on record, according to the National Weather Service. Oklahoma falls in the middle of the predicted danger area. Parts of Texas are also included. 


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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›