- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Firefighters are battling wind-blown grass fires across central Oklahoma, including a fire that has forced partial closure of a busy turnpike.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike were closed Monday afternoon from Chandler to Stroud due to a large grass fire and multiple collisions along the roadway.

Other fires were reported in Spencer, between Mustang and Union City, and between Stillwater and Glencoe in Payne County.

Forecasters say warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds of up to 50 mph are helping to make dangerous wildfires likely in the region.

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