The Grady Co. fire (southwestern circle on the map) is completely out of control.
UPDATE: 5pm Friday. From Patrick Marsh via Facebook, the fire southeast of Norman. One hundred to 150 people are being evacuated.
|The white cloud at the top is a "pyrocumulus."|
Awful situation, several wildfires so large their smoke plumes are visible on radar. The worst seems to be the first between Noble and Etowah in Cleveland Co., southeast of Norman.
|Smoke plumes. Click to enlarge.|
Current temperatures, as revealed by the Oklahoma Mesonetwork, are at record levels. Norman and Oklahoma City are 110° with slightly higher temperatures near the fires in Grady and Canadian Counties (that smoke plume is diffuse and not circled on the radar graphic).
Can you imagine being a firefighter and trying to battle these blazes in their heavy gear with temperatures of 109-112°?!