Extreme Fire Danger Requires Caution

Oklahoma Forestry Services is alerting the public of a Red Flag warning for these western Oklahoma counties: Harper, Woodward, Ellis, Dewey, Roger Mills, Custer, Washita, Beckham, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, and Cotton.

“The conditions predicted for today have the potential for extreme wildfire behavior,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Tomorrow will be a repeat of today with Red Flag conditions possibly moving farther east. We are urging people across Oklahoma not do any burning. This would include open campfires, debris burning or any other outdoor activity that could spark a wildfire.”

Dry, very windy and warm conditions will combine to create very high to extreme fire danger in the areas described above and in the area west of a line from Nowata County to Bryan County. Sustained southerly winds from 20-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph are forecast with relative humidity expected to drop into the 20% range.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Cimarron and Texas County. For the latest and most current burn ban information visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information.