Forecasters Say State Could Be In For Another Rough Wildfire Season

Tuesday, November 28th 2006, 3:09 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Weather forecasters say Oklahoma is still trapped in a drought cycle and conditions are ripe for another rough wildfire season.

Senior forecaster Max Blood with the National Weather Service in Tulsa says foliage is now dormant in Oklahoma and the state is back to where it was one year ago when wildfires ran rampant.

More than 600,000 acres burned in wildfires last year starting in November and damaged homes and businesses and resulted in some deaths.

Oklahoma's typical fire season lasts from mid-February until mid-April but state officials are watching weather patterns that could create similar conditions that sparked last year's early outbreak.