High fire danger expected to continue Friday in northwest Oklahoma
WOODWARD, Okla. (KOKH) —
High fire conditions lead to some fires starting again in parts of northwestern Oklahoma Thursday.
The conditions caused some small setbacks for crews battling the three fires known as the Northwest Oklahoma Complex Fire.
The Oklahoma complex fire was 83 percent contained Thursday morning, only to be met with low humidity, temperatures soaring into the 80's, and winds gusting at 30 m.p.h.
"The conditions and the fire behavior is so ripe to just get big and fast," said Adam Solt, with the Oklahoma Forestry Services.
County burn bans remained in effect in the area of the fires and into the panhandle Thursday. The Oklahoma Forestry Service tells FOX 25 they have crews monitoring this area for any new flames around the clock.
The heightened risk is expected to continue Friday with a short break Saturday, and will pick back up again Sunday.
The Oklahoma Forestry Service says with conditions like Thursday's any spark has a high chance of igniting into a raging wildfire.
"There's about a 90% chance that it would turn into a fire," Solt said.