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Gov. Fallin widens Oklahoma burn ban

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin ordered burn bans for the western half of the state. (Oklahoma Forestry Services) Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin ordered burn bans for the western half of the state. (Oklahoma Forestry Services)

The National Weather Service warned of critical fire conditions across much of Texoma on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dry, gusty winds and low humidity combined to increase the risk of wildfires.

"It's a recipe for danger," said KTEN meteorologist David Siple. 

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued a burn ban Tuesday that covers more than half of the state. The order prohibits campfires, bonfires, fireworks, and burning trash or other materials outdoors in 40 counties, including Carter, Garvin, Love, McClain, Murray and Stephens counties in Texoma. Johnston, Coal, Atoka and Pittsburg counties already have burn bans in place.

"Critical fire weather and worsening drought have created an increased risk for devastating wildfires," Fallin said in a written statement. "A burn ban is now necessary to reduce the risk of preventable wildfires and to protect lives and property."

In Texas, Fannin, Cooke and Montague counties have burn bans in place, and Grayson County Emergency Management advised no outdoor burning or welding on Tuesday.

"No burning, really, throughout Texoma should go on," Siple said.

A Red Flag Warning was in effect for an area of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas generally west of the KTEN viewing area through 7 p.m. Tuesday 

"That elevated fire threat will start to go up today, and especially [Wednesday] since we'll see a big warm-up and very strong winds," Siple said.

Cooler temperatures and reduced wind and humidity levels are expected to reduce the wildfire potential starting Thursday.

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