Fire Situation Report – April 16, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 04/15/2019 thru 04/16/2019 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: No New Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/15/2019 thru 04/16/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported although some Wildfire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Red Flag Warning issued for Cimarron County until 8:00 PM this evening.

The highest fire danger indices today will reside west of a dryline forecasted to shift into the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. Rain and storm chances Wednesday afternoon and into the evening/overnight are poised to limit fire danger mid-week. Rainfall totals will need to be monitored in the northwest and north-central counties where green-up has been stalled with increasing separation from wetting rains.

A dryline will shift into the western half of the Oklahoma Panhandle today placing focus on Cimarron County and parts of Texas County where temperature will warm to 84º with relative humidity values below 10% delivering very receptive fine-dead fuel moisture values again. 3% observations are expected with potential for some sites tapping 2% given clear skies late this afternoon. South winds sustained 15-20 mph with higher gusts will support potential for rapid rates of spread where available fuels are present in conjunction with topography and wind alignment.

Limited fire danger potential will be present in northwest Oklahoma today where dry/dormant rangeland fuels continue to dominate the landscape. Sky cover is expected to aid in holding fine-dead fuel moisture values to 6% with temperature 78º-83º and afternoon relative humidity values 30-38%. During peak burning conditions, south winds sustained 15-19 mph with some higher gusts will support moderate to rapid rates of fire spread in rangeland fuels. Should skies clear this afternoon, fuels will become slightly more receptive supporting moderate resistance to control. Still, initial attack efforts are expected to be fully successful.

The current forecast information does not support development of fire danger concerns on Wednesday with rain and storm chances spanning the state in the afternoon into the overnight hours. As previously mentioned, assessing the rainfall totals will be key to assessing the fire danger potential on Thursday in the Panhandle, northwest and north-central Oklahoma.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.