Dangerous wildfires still a threat in western Oklahoma


As farmers and ranchers recover from the deadly and devastating wildfires that burned more than 1 million acres in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, firefighters remain alert for the spread of more fires this week.

The Oklahoma Forestry Division stated Tuesday that areas of “elevated fire weather and high to very-high fire danger” indices existed in the northwestern part of the state. As a result of warmer weather and dryer conditions, the high fire danger was expected also around the west and in the southern Flilnt Hills extending into southern Kansas.

Winds gusting to 25 mph were expected to increase chances of wildfires. Rain chances beginning Wednesday in western Oklahoma should help ease some of the dangers.