The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 20, 2014

Red flag warning for northwest Oklahoma

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning due to high fire danger for all of northwestern Oklahoma until 7 p.m.

Low humidity, high temperatures and wind speeds and dry conditions resulted in the warning, according to the NWS website.

"Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly," according to the site. "Outdoor burning is not recommended."

The risk of wildfires is high, and activities such as operating heavy machinery over dry vegetation and throwing cigarettes out of vehicles is ill-advised.

Forecast for the Enid area today calls for sunny skies, with highs in the low- to mid-70s. A brisk 10-15 mph southwest wind will increase to 16-21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph, this afternoon, according to NWS. Friday will be nearly a carbon copy of Thursday, according to the forecast, but temperatures will dip back into the low-50s Saturday, with a brisk northeast wind and a 20 percent chance of rain.