Red Flag Fire Warning,9-24, W, N, C OK
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning for many counties in northern, western and central Oklahoma for Monday, 9/24/2012. These counties are highlighted in pink on the county map at the bottom of the linked page.
The Red Flag Fire Warning is in effect from noon through 8 p.m.
Some counties remain under a Fire Weather Watch and folks in those counties should keep an eye on their weather. There's still a chance their watch could be changed to a warning if the conditions so warrant. The Fire Weather Watch counties are highlighted in light pink on the map at the bottom of the linked page.
Remember that fires which do start on Monday will tend to exhibit extreme fire behavior, which will include very rapid, wind-driven moment when the wind is gusting into the 30s.
You can click on any county on the map below to see that county's forecast page. To read the text of the applicable watch or warning, click on the link on the county page.
Tomorrow any young and tender vegetation in the warning area will need extra moisture to help them handle the very dry and windy conditions.
If a large wildfire develops in your area, tune in to local media for evacuation news and be sure the 'alert' feature on your all-hazards/weather radio is set to sound. When a fire evacuation is necessary, the NWS will sound the alert feature to announce the fire evacuation warning if they are asked to do so by the local emergency management officials.
I hope tomorrow is a nice, quiet day, but y'all know what it sometimes is like on Red Flag Days----not so quiet.
Finally, given that wind gusts could reach 40 mph in some areas, if I was a gardener with fall and winter garden plants still in flats or in other containers, I would move them to the most sheltered location possible to protect them from the hot, gusty wind.
Here is a link that might be useful: NWS-Norman Weather Office Webpage