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Some Okla. counties under burn ban for high fire danger

Courtesy of Jim McCain

Courtesy of Jim McCain

The Oklahoma Forestry Service is warning all Oklahomans about high fire danger for most of the state.

A fire weather watch has been issued for southwest Okla.

Numerous counties have declared burn bans.

Counties under burn ban

“Drought conditions coupled with periods of strong, gusty winds and minimal precipitation mean that fire danger is continuing to escalate across the state,” George Geissler said, Oklahoma State Forester. “We ask all Oklahomans to be extra careful when doing any activity which could spark a wildfire.”

Outdoor burning is discouraged and residents are asked to report any new fires or suspicious smoke to the closest fire department.