Extreme caution urged in wake of massive wildfires in Oklahoma


Wednesday, September 20th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(-AP) -- There's little hope in the near term for any weather relief that could help bring an end to the fire danger in Oklahoma.

A quick-moving cold front pushing its way through the state today will bring higher humidity values and cooler temperatures -- but winds will remain stiff, blowing at 20 to 30 miles per hour.

And that spells more danger.

Kevin Brown is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman. Brown said this morning that winds will be brisk out of the north throughout the day today.

Brown said conditions will be better overall today than yesterday, when more than 100 wildfires burned in Oklahoma, forcing evacuations and burning homes and businesses.

But he said forecast models don't show the state getting enough rain in the next few weeks to make a dent in the state's dangerous fire situation.

He said late September and into October tend to be the driest months of the year. Brown says Oklahoma needs several days of good, soaking rains lessen the fire danger.