Warm, Dry Weather Expected To Increase Fire Danger

Monday, November 20th 2006, 9:54 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ An increase in dead vegetation combined with a forecast calling for warm, dry weather across Oklahoma is expected to increase the potential for wildfire growth.

Temperatures are to be in the 60s and 70s across Oklahoma this week, with some gusty winds.

Several homes were evacuated in the Oklahoma City area Sunday as metro firefighters battled small grass fires.

Fires broke out Sunday in Bethany, southwest Oklahoma City and near the Turner Turnpike near Bristow.

Bristow Fire Captain Larry Eastin says more dead vegetation is increasing the fire risk. He described conditions as like a powder keg and says the statewide burn ban should be reinstated.