Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, is alerting the public that a critical fire weather situation is developing for today as a dry line pushes through the state. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all counties west of a line from Kay County to Love County, basically west of State Highway 177.
A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Osage, Washington, Tulsa, Pawnee, Creek, Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties as a dry line is forecast to push through bringing southwest winds sustained at 20-30 mph with stronger gusts and dropping relative humidity.
We don't want people to be lulled into complacency with the scattered showers and seemingly higher relative humidity that we are experiencing,said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. Gusty winds will dry things out quickly and the potential for an extremely dangerous fire situation exists.
Aerial support is standing by and OFS personnel are prepared to respond if needed. The fire weather conditions forecast will allow any fire that starts to be very resistant to control and extreme caution should be exercised with any outdoor activity that could spark a wildfire.