Why is Oklahoma burning?

April 16, 2018 – Oklahoma's third megafire in three years – the Rhea Fire, which has torched some 242,000 acres in less than a week – may grow even worse on Tuesday, as horrific fire weather conditions sweep in from New Mexico and west Texas. Relative humidity may drop as low as 3 percent in northwest Oklahoma, with temperatures expected to be well above 90°F and winds predicted to gust above 40 mph.

The NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center has placed a huge swath of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma under an "extremely critical" fire weather threat for Tuesday. It's the most dire r...


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