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FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, firefighters from across Kansas and Oklahoma battle a wildfire near Protection, Kan. The La Nina climate phenomenon in the south Pacific Ocean is contributing to weather conditions that are expected to be warm and dry with low humidity, leading to fears of a sharp increase in winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP File)/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, firefighters from across Kansas and Oklahoma battle a wildfire near Protection, Kan. The La Nina climate phenomenon in the south Pacific Ocean is contributing to weather conditions that are expected to be warm and dry with low humidity, leading to fears of a sharp increase in winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP File)/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

La Nina contributes to wildfire threat in mid-South, Plains

By KEN MILLER The Associated Press
This article was published December 4, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Conditions are ripe for winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains thanks to a combination of weather factors, including the climate phenomenon known as La Nina, that have left a lot of dry growth.

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