- Associated Press - Sunday, February 26, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters say residents in the southern and central plains states will face a critical risk of wildfires on Monday.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said Sunday sustained southwesterly winds from 20-30 mph and low humidity are likely from southeastern Colorado, along the border between Texas and New Mexico and in far western Texas. The wildfire danger will also be elevated in western Oklahoma.

Forecasters say wildfire conditions will remain critical Tuesday across western Oklahoma and western north Texas due to warm, dry, and breezy conditions.

Elevated fire weather conditions will also be possible Wednesday through Friday across western Oklahoma and western north Texas.

Earlier this month, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, issued a national fire advisory for Oklahoma because of persistent drought and dry vegetation.

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