8 Unsuspectingly Hazardous Items That May Spark Oklahoma Wildfires
While Summer 2023 has been a massive improvement over Summer 2022, the state is still fighting a battle against being dry.
We've been getting an average amount of rainfall so far this season, but it's not quite enough. This is the most current drought map we have.
Not so surprisingly, burn bans are slowly coming back into effect across the state, but even more surprisingly they're not quite lining up with the drought monitor just yet.
We've had dryer years with more fire danger. Was it in 2010 that the Wichita Mountains caught on fire?
Wildfires burned through the OKC metro that same year leading to an advisory to kill and remove Western Red Cedar trees across the state.
Just this past April, there were 100 new raging wildfires on one very windy hot and dry day.
Here are the current fires burning across our state. The red denotes fires burning wild, the grey represents those that are still burning but are under control.
We're getting back into prime wildfire weather. Pretty soon the winds will turn out of the north and come sweeping down the plains. At the same time, El Nino will keep our temperatures above average for the foreseeable future.
While experts predict the coming weather will be stormy and packed full of tornadoes, it's the windy, hot, and dry few weeks everyone is worried about until we get there.
Being extra cautious and vigilant is the only way to avoid lighting up the whole state, and you might be surprised how many different and ordinary ways these blazes spark up.