- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma forestry officials are asking residents to avoid outdoor burning over the next few days while a heightened fire threat persists.

Oklahoma Forestry Services says it anticipates high-to-extreme fire danger through at least Wednesday as low humidity, warm temperatures and high wind speeds converge.

In addition to not burning outdoors, forestry officials are asking Oklahomans to report fire or smoke promptly to the nearest fire department.

Fire conditions are expected to be worse in the western two-thirds of the state, although the possibility of overnight precipitation Monday could affect what areas are most at risk.

A news release says Wednesday will likely be “the most critical day” for fire conditions.

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