Strong winds gusting up around 30 mph and afternoon relative humidity in the 25 percent to 40 percent range has led to near-critical grassland fire spread rates across much of eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas this afternoon, Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford and the U.S. National Weather Service in Tulsa announced Monday.
These gusty winds and warm, dry air have elevated fire weather dangers, especially in areas that did not receive substantial rainfall over the weekend. Rutherford said that in the past 24 hours, the county has only received 0.78 inches of rain, not enough to ease the fire danger.
Rutherford urged residents to avoid outdoor activities that could inadvertently start a fire. “Please be careful out there,” he said.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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