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The Morning Brew: Drought conditions continue to worsen

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Oklahoma could see an active wildfire season

Oklahoma National Guard helicopter drops water on a large grassfire near Spencer Jones Road and Westminster, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma National Guard helicopter drops water on a large grassfire near Spencer Jones Road and Westminster, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

A wildfire season similar to what Oklahoma saw in 2001 and 2012 could be on its way this year as the state continues to dry out. 

Gov. Mary Fallin put into effect a burn ban until March 2, though that could easily be extended. Considerable rainfall would be needed to ease parts of Oklahoma out of what is becoming a significant drought. 

“Drought conditions continue to worsen across the state with no measurable rainfall occurring in the western third of Oklahoma for the past 130 days, and central Oklahoma is approaching 40 days without rain,” Fallin said. “An expanded burn ban is called for to reduce the risk of preventable wildfires and to protect lives and property.”

Oklahoma's Mesonet shows widespread drought conditions: 


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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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