A heightened fire danger is amongst the threats associated with the strong winds whipping through the Southwest today. The winds will gust past 40 mph at times. Winds of this magnitude can easily spread new and existing blazes across the tinder-dry vegetation. The air being extremely dry will also make the region more susceptible to wildfires raging out of control.

Less than a week has passed since destructive wildfires consumed land and homes across the southern Plains. There is partial good news for those living in central Oklahoma, site of some devastating blazes last week. Higher relative humidity and recent rain will prevent the fire danger from rising significantly. This region, however, will have to endure two rounds of severe weather Thursday into Friday.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski