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Weather conditions in Oklahoma and parts of Texas contribute to “Red Flag” warnings in the area

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Feb 6, 2017

According to news reports, the National Weather Service’s storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma; weather conditions in Oklahoma and parts of Texas contribute to “Red Flag” warnings in the area.  NOAA weather maps indicate a high risk for these areas in the near future.  Gusty winds (that can further dry out vegetation), drought, and warmer temperatures have created conditions that can contribute to wildfire intensity.

 

The Oklahoma State Forestry has released a "Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory".  Part of the concern listed in the advisory notice is that fire spotting has occurred over a larger distance than usual. It is important for homeowners to make sure that they have completed simple tasks that can reduce their wildfire risk like raking up debris from around the house and removing leaves and pine needles from the gutters. The notice also shared the importance of residents to heed evacuation notices early.  

 

It is important to make plans together with those you love to reduce your risk of loss.  NFPA has provided many free resources including a Firewise Toolkit and pet and family preparedness information to help you.

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