Share

Fire Crews Respond to Multiple Grass Fires in Central Oklahoma

March 20, 2014

Several wildfires erupted in central Oklahoma Thursday, including one along along Interstate 44 near northeast Oklahoma City.

Fire crews responded to several grass fires in central Oklahoma Thursday, as conditions remained dry and windy.

One fire, that was burning in Logan County, destroyed two mobile homes. The fire was contained by 5 p.m., News 9 reports.

A second, larger fire erupted along Interstate 44 near northeast Oklahoma City. Fire crews reported the fire was about one-square mile. Road blocks were set up in the area.

"Red flag warnings were in effect for central Oklahoma Thursday because of the weather conditions – highs in the lower 70s, relative humidity below 20 percent, and sustained southerly winds of 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph," said weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. Such weather conditions are known to enable fires to spread rapidly."

At least five wildfires sprung up along the westbound side of Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma County, according to News 9. The cause of the fires is yet to be determined.

MORE: Thousands of Gallons of Crude Oil Threaten Ohio Nature Preserve

Crude oil pools in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. (EPA)


Featured Blogs

The Record Quiet Hurricane Season of 1914: Could it Happen Again in 2014?

By Dr. Jeff Masters
July 25, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the slowest Atlantic hurricane season on record--1914, which had no hurricanes and only one tropical storm. Is it possible that the 2014 hurricane season could match 1914 for the lowest activity ever recorded, with Hurricane Arthur ending up as our only named storm? I think that is highly unlikely, even though the atmospheric and oceanic conditions in the Atlantic are looking hostile for development for the coming two weeks.

Warmest Days of the Year for the U.S.

By Christopher C. Burt
July 9, 2014

NOAA recently produced an interesting map showing when the hottest day of the year is likely to occur in the contiguous U.S. Complimenting this map is one produced by Brian Brettschneider of Borealis Scientific, LLC, which illustrates the date of summer’s midpoint (peak of summer average temperatures) which was reproduced in my blog posted last August. Brian has also produced maps of such for the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. There is also some other great material from Brian herein.

Live Blog: Tracking Hurricane Arthur as it Approaches North Carolina Coast

By Shaun Tanner
July 3, 2014

This is a live blog set up to provide the latest coverage on Hurricane Arthur as it threatens the North Carolina Coast. Check back often to see what the latest is with Arthur. The most recent updates are at the top.

Tropical Terminology

By Stu Ostro
June 30, 2014

Here is some basic, fundamental terminology related to tropical cyclones. Rather than a comprehensive and/or technical glossary, this represents the essence of the meaning & importance of some key, frequently used terms.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

It was a very interesting winter across a good part of the nation from the Rockies through the Plains to the Northeast. Let's break down the most significant winter storms on a month by month basis.

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

By Angela Fritz
September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.