Warm, windy weather fueled fires across the Southern Plains on January 29, 2011. This image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on January 29, shows a cluster of fires in eastern Oklahoma. The fires are burning in the Ouachita Mountains.
According to local news, 25 grass fires burned in Oklahoma by 3:30, forcing two highways to close. Much of Oklahoma and Arkansas is in drought. Dry conditions combined with warm weather and winds generated extremely dangerous fire conditions.
- 4029 TV. (2011, January 29). Authorities: Fire danger extremely high. Accessed January 31, 2011.
- Heim, R. National drought summary – January 25, 2011. National Drought Monitor. Accessed January 31, 2011.
- National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. Fire weather outlook, January 29, 2011. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed January 31, 2011.
- NewsOK. (2011, January 20). Grass fire burns east of Guthrie. Accessed January 31, 2011.
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