Oklahoma Forestry Services: Fire Danger Stays High This Week

Wednesday, February 19th 2014, 9:24 am
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Forestry Service urges Oklahomans to avoid outdoor burning the rest of this week due to the dry, windy conditions in the state.

Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler says the state did get some moisture thanks to snowfall, but says warmer conditions have caused the state to dry out.

Twelve counties have put burn bans in place. The counties are Alfalfa, Blaine, Canadian, Creek, LeFlore, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Wagoner, Grady, Jefferson and Tillman.

Oklahoma Forestry Services - Burn Bans

News On 6 meteorologist Alan Crone says a cold front will move into eastern Oklahoma Wednesday evening raising the chances for thunderstorms along the Kansas-Oklahoma state line.

WARN Interactive Radar

After the storms move through, Crone says winds will increase to 20 to 40 mph on Thursday.

Alan Crone's weather blog

Low humidity combined with gusty winds means fires can ignite easily and will spread quickly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.