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OFS prepares for possibility of fires in western Oklahoma

A grass fire burns March 7, 2017 in Harper County, Oklahoma. (FILE/KOKH/Steven Anderson)

The lack of rain during the past 30 days is causing the Oklahoma Forestry Services to prepare for high fire danger in the western part of the state.

The that will be most affected by the fire danger is the Oklahoma panhandle and the western counties that border Texas. OFS says they will have "two OFS wildland task forces and an Oklahoma National Guard helicopter" on standby in Guymon and Weatherford to assist local firefighters should a fire break out.

On Monday the humidity is expected to be in the low teens up to the 20% area, winds are predicted to be over 30 m.p.h. with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s

Monday’s forecast calls for relative humidity in the low teens to 20% range, winds gusting over 30 mph and temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s.

“Under these conditions we are strongly discouraging any outdoor burning in the affected area on Monday,” said State Forester Mark Goeller, “This is a short duration event, with conditions improving by after nightfall."

The OFS is urging everyone "to be cautious not to spark a wildfire and to report any suspicious smoke or fire to their closest fire department or by calling 911."

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