Due to the dynamic fire weather forecast for late this afternoon through Friday, citizens are requested to postpone all outdoor burning activities for the next few days. Fire weather conditions today are expected to be very high to extreme which will allow any wildfire that starts to be very difficult to control.
Fires occurring Wednesday evening exhibited moderate to high fire behavior. Some of these fires were problematic and remained active throughout the night. “We are expecting conditions to worsen today as winds increase, temperatures rise, and humidity decreases,” said Mark Goeller, fire management chief for Oklahoma Forestry Services. “Cooperation by the public is greatly appreciated as any new start has the potential to be difficult to suppress, particularly if the fire is burning in heavy fuels.”
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the western one-third of the Oklahoma Panhandle and a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Western Oklahoma for Friday as a dry line pushes into the western portion of the state. Wildland fuel moistures continue to dry and are at critically low levels. The fuels are very receptive to ignition and fire behavior is expected to be very high to extreme.
Citizens are requested to avoid areas where active fire is present, monitor media sources, and adhere to evacuation notices affecting residences and places of employment.
A Governor’s Burn Ban, as well as several County Commissioner issued bans are in effect. For the most updated list of counties under a burn ban, visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info.
Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state’s lead agency related to wildland fire prevention, protection and use. For additional information about wildfires, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/wildfire-information.