Northeast Oklahoma Fire Danger High Despite Weekend Rains

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 11:37 am
By: News On 6

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from 1 to 8 p.m. in several northeastern Oklahoma counties including Tulsa, Creek, Rogers, Mayes, Pawnee and Washington.

Wagoner County is under a burn ban.

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News On 6 WARN Team Meteorologist Alan Crone says wind speeds will increase to the 20 to 35 mph range. The winds are expected to shift from the southwest to the northwest as a front moves in.

"Despite the weekend rains, the fire danger will increase as the top soil quickly dries and the dead-dormant vegetation remains as an efficient fuel for wild fire. A fire weather watch is posted for our area," Crone said in his weather blog.

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Any fires will quickly spread out of control and endanger lives and property, the Red Flag alert states.