Oklahoma Wildfires: Progress Controlling Large Fires; Risk Remains High

Moderate humidity recovery and light winds across western Oklahoma overnight allowed some progress on the on-going large fires.

Fire danger across the western half of the state will remain very high to extreme. Relative humidity values today will range from the low single digits in the far west portion of the Panhandle to the 20 percent range along and near a line from Jackson County to Woods County.

Winds will be shifting from the SE to SSW by mid-afternoon. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 80s in the Panhandle and 70s elsewhere. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver Counties.

SPECIAL NOTE: Fire danger Tuesday is expected to mirror fire weather conditions experienced last Thursday. Temperatures tomorrow are expected to climb into the 90°s with relative humidity values in the single digits west of US 81. Sustained southwest winds up to 30 mph and gusts 40-50 mph have been forecast.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for tomorrowApril 17th, from 11 a.m. to midnight for a large portion of western Oklahoma. The affected area and the extreme conditions will exist near and west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County.

New fires will likely exhibit explosive rapid rates of spread. Ongoing fires will require extensive patrol and mop up to prevent escape.

For the full Fire Situation report for April 16, 2018, please go here.

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