Burn Bans In Effect Across Oklahoma Ahead Of Increased Wildfire Threat

Tuesday, March 15th 2011, 10:57 am
By: News On 6


OKMULGEE COUNTY – A burn ban is in effect for Okmulgee County for the next seven days.

Okmulgee County Commissioners issued the ban on Monday, March 14, 2011.

More than a dozen Oklahoma counties remain under a burn ban, including Le Flore, Lincoln, McIntosh, Okfuskee, and Seminole County.

See a list of all counties currently under a burn ban

"The gusty winds and very warm temperatures will still result in an enhanced fire danger situation for the latter part of the week," News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot said.  He expects the dew points to be higher this week, but says there will still be a significant threat.

Read Dick Faurot's weather blog

High temperatures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to be in the 70's to near 80's.

Fire weather watches are already in place for parts of western Oklahoma into the panhandle.

More than 30 wildfires burned thousands of acres across the state last Friday, March 11, 2011.

3/11/2011 Related Story: Governor Fallin Declares State Of Emergency In Wake Of Wildfires