Extreme Fire Danger Anticipated

Oklahoma Forestry Services is alerting the public of the potential for large fires west of I-35 Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.

“The conditions predicted for Thursday have the potential for extreme wildfire behavior , said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “We are urging people not do any burning on Wednesday or Thursday. This would include open campfires, debris burning or any other outdoor activity that could spark a wildfire.”

Weather forecasts call for 20-30 mph sustained winds on Wednesday afternoon in advance of a dry line that will move across the state on Thursday, bringing higher temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.

In advance of the weather event, OFS is coordinating state and federal wildland fire resources for response if necessary, as well as communicating with Oklahoma Emergency Management and fire departments across the state about the predicted high fire danger. OFS Wildland Task Forces and firefighting personnel are also prepared for mobilization.

Note to Media:

For the latest Oklahoma “Daily Wildfire Situation Report” visit www.forestry.ok.gov and click the link on the homepage. The report contains information about recent fire activity, predicted fire weather and a link for current burn bans.