The Morning Brew: Drought conditions continue to worsen
Oklahoma could see an active wildfire season
A wildfire season similar to what Oklahoma saw in 2001 and 2012 could be on its way this year as the state continues to dry out.
Gov. Mary Fallin put into effect a burn ban until March 2, though that could easily be extended. Considerable rainfall would be needed to ease parts of Oklahoma out of what is becoming a significant drought.
“Drought conditions continue to worsen across the state with no measurable rainfall occurring in the western third of Oklahoma for the past 130 days, and central Oklahoma is approaching 40 days without rain,” Fallin said. “An expanded burn ban is called for to reduce the risk of preventable wildfires and to protect lives and property.”
Oklahoma's Mesonet shows widespread drought conditions: