- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma’s state forester says high winds and low humidity have increased the danger of wildfires in the state, and conditions are expected to worsen later in the week.

State Forester George Geissler says Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched crews to multiple wildfires across the state over the weekend. Geissler says residents should avoid any outdoor activity that could ignite a wildfire.

Twenty-two counties were under County Commissioner-issued burn bans Monday. Those counties are Alfalfa, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Cotton, Creek, Grady, Haskell, Jefferson, Latimer, LeFlore, McClain, McIntosh, Okmulgee, Payne, Pittsburg, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tillman and Woods.

Oklahomans should avoid or use extreme caution with outdoor welding or grilling and remember that sparks from vehicles dragging chains or driving on a rim after experiencing a flat tire can start a roadside fire.

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