Fire Danger Stretches Across Oklahoma

Friday, February 6th 2009, 12:09 pm
By: News 9

From NEWS 9 Meteorologist Stephanie Malone

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It feels like spring today as you head out the door, but the warm and windy conditions can prove to be dangerous. Highs will reach about 20 degrees above normal in the lower 70s for much of Oklahoma under partly cloudy skies. Couple these warm temps with the extremely high wind speeds, and you have a recipe for high fire danger.

Much of Oklahoma is under a wind advisory today with strong southerly winds at 20 to 40 mph with even higher gusts. With these conditions, if a fire starts today, it will spread rapidly and be very hard to control.

U.S. Highway 54 five miles east of Guymon, Oklahoma was closed for about an hour this afternoon. The closing was due to smoke that had crossed the highway caused by a large grass fire.

To prevent the start and spread of wildfires today, drivers are encouraged to not throw used cigarettes out the car window. Burning trash should be avoided as well.

Highway 270, four miled northwest of Woodward, was closed for almost an hour Friday evening due to smoke from a large grassfire.

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