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Forecasters Warn of 'Extreme' Wildfire Risk in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters are warning of an extreme wildfire risk in Oklahoma on Wednesday because of warm, dry weather and strong winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday for western and central Oklahoma. Forecasters say winds could gust up to 45 mph and that, combined with humidity levels in the single digits, could create dangerous wildfire conditions.

Temperatures could climb as high as 85 degrees in parts of Oklahoma on Wednesday. Forecasters say any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Oklahoma Forestry Services says the state will be most at risk for wildfires from about noon until sunset in an area centered by the Interstate 44 corridor.