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Oklahoma Forestry Services says outdoor burning should be avoided due to high fire danger across the state

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Forestry Services says outdoor burning should be avoided due to high fire danger across the state.

Foresters say dry grasslands, low humidity and strong, gusty northwest winds are forecast to cause dangerous fire conditions on Tuesday. Officials say any fire that becomes established could quickly spread.

Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler says the public should report any smoke or suspected fire to authorities.

On Monday, wind-blown grass fires spread across central Oklahoma, including a fire that has forced partial closure of a busy turnpike. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike were closed Monday afternoon from Chandler to Stroud due to a large grass fire and multiple collisions along the roadway.

Nine counties in southwestern Oklahoma were under a red flag warning on Monday.

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