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Forecast Friendly to Fires, Tough on Firefighters (Aug 04, 2012)

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there is a continued extreme risk for wildland fires in Oklahoma Saturday.

Highs of 113 degrees, winds gusting to nearly 30 miles per hour and desert-like humidity will not only cause fires to rapidly spread, but they also create difficult conditions for firefighters working in the heat.

Creek County Commissioner Newt Stephens is keeping his eye on a fire near Tulsa that has already burned 50,000 acres.

“The biggest fear today, we get a wind change and some wind gusts and it kicks things back up,” Stephens said.

The winds are gradually shifting as a cold front moves through Oklahoma, dropping high temperatures into the upper 90s.

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