With below normal rainfall and extreme drought conditions in place, conditions are becoming more favorable for uncontrolled wildfire outbreaks across Southeast Oklahoma and portions of Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas this weekend.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport said a deepening area of low pressure across the Midwest will increase the pressure gradient over the affected area this weekend. It will allow winds to increase to up to 15 mph during the afternoon hours.
The wildfire threat will be greatest during the mid-afternoon hours before diminishing by sunset as temperatures fall, humidities increase and winds subside.
These dry conditions will allow fires to ignite and quickly spread. Hunters should exercise caution when building a campfire. The weather service wants the public to report any fires to the nearest fire department or law enforcement office immediately.