The Oklahoma Forestry Services urged Oklahomans to be aware that critical fire weather was present for counties south of I-40 and west of I-35 on Monday.
Very low relative humidity, combined with higher temperatures and sustained winds at 20-30 mph, with some gusts over 35 mph, created dangerous conditions prompting a fire weather watch in southwest Oklahoma. Conditions deteriorated as a cold front pushed into the state.
There were a few small grass fires reported in Altus and the area on Monday. According to the Altus Fire Department, a call came in Monday morning of a grass fire near Tamarack and North Main. The fire was to the north and west of the animal clinic. Reports state the fire could have been started from electrical lines. The fire was quickly put out. There were two or three other small grass fires reported in Altus Monday, including one at McCoy and Wingfield.
Oklahoma Forestry Services monitors weather conditions, the condition of wildland fuels, current fire behavior and fire occurrences on a daily basis. All of these factors are taken into consideration when making recommendations to the public about fire danger.
“We ask Oklahomans to pay close attention to the fire weather forecast over the next few days,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “For the safety of our citizens and our state’s firefighters, we are advising people to avoid outdoor burning until conditions improve.”
Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is the state’s lead agency related to wildland fire prevention, protection and use. There is not a fire ban in affect for Jackson County. For the latest burn ban and fire information, visit www.forestry.ok.gov.
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