When the temperature is warm, the weather is dry, the humidity is low, and the wind speed is fast, a fire poses a real danger to the landscape around you. Today is the day when all these conditions are ready, and firefighters may have a long and smoky day. In the next few hours, you may be extra vigilant about your actions to prevent the next wildfire that rages.
I believe this was in 2011, the last fire that got out of control in our woods. This is not to say that there have been no fires since then, but the 2011 fire season was a record year. It took off with the shelter and never looked back. Firefighters did their best, but the fire has been out of control for several weeks.
I lived in Oklahoma and drove to the Hollis Desert for the weekend. When I passed the Cache exit, I had to stop and take a look. You can't see the mountains near US62, but there are dozens of elk living in a field by the highway. I have never seen so many once. They usually wander around in well-covered places on the mountain, but the fire has displaced them. Although it was awesome at that moment, I don't know what chaos happened in the fire raging northward.
The fire burned for a while, largely out of control, until a plan was made and executed to end the ordeal. Although the mountain did recover as expected, it did let the smoke of Lawton envelope some tragic days.
This is what we face today. Conditions are very suitable for chaos, and you need to do your part to prevent chaos. If you smoke, put a can in the car to hold your cigarettes. This seems innocent, but throwing a lit cigarette butt out of the window is a great way to start a wildfire.
If today’s trip will take you off-road, please try to avoid parked in tall grass and weeds. The exhaust pipe is too hot and can also ignite something.
If you are towing a trailer, double check that you are towing a safety chain like some flexible caveman.
...From Friday morning to Friday afternoon, fire weather monitoring in western, northern and central Oklahoma, and northern western Texas is still active...
Time... 10 am to 6 pm Wind... Southwest wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph, gusts up to 45 mph.
Relative humidity... as low as 20%.
Impact... Any fire that occurs in this environment will be difficult to control.
Preventive/preparatory action... Fire weather monitoring means that severe fire weather conditions are expected to occur. Hear later predictions and possible red flag warnings.
Fire prevention is not difficult, you just need to be smart.