Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a two-week burn ban for most of Oklahoma as a crippling drought continues to place the state in danger of destructive wildfires.
Fallin’s office issued the ban Friday for 53 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Except for a handful of counties in far southwestern Oklahoma, most of the state is in some state of drought.
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The National Weather Service warned Saturday that wildfires could rapidly develop this weekend in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
Forecasters said Saturday’s high temperatures would reach into the mid-80s in eastern Oklahoma and near 80 degrees in western Arkansas. Wind gusts between 20-30 mph would increase the risk.
Oklahoma is just entering its peak fire season, but dozens of wildfires have already scorched thousands of acres in the past several months.