Fire Situation Report – April 4, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 04/03/2019 thru 04/04/2019 

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 309.3 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2Fires Burned 165 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 Fires Burned 8 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

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: 2 Rx Fires Treating 550 Acres

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/03/2019 thru 04/04/2019 

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

Statewide Discussion: 

Showers and storms continue to move across parts of Oklahoma this morning following a stormy night where wetting rains were observed excluding areas south along the Red River into south-central counties as well and the Oklahoma Panhandle and far northwestern Counties. Subdued fire danger expected across the state today although elevated fire weather concerns are expected in the western Oklahoma Panhandle on Friday.

Today, wetting rains received last evening through this morning spanning a broad swath of the state coupled with elevated dew point temperatures limiting relative humidity and light winds will both retard fire danger from fully developing and facilitate a boost in green-up progress. That said, the western Panhandle will see respectable drying conditions prompting attention for fire danger potential on Friday.

Excluding the western Panhandle, suppressed fire danger again anticipated Friday. Tomorrow, Cimarron County will likely see relative humidity drop into the low-teens as temperature warms to 75° or warmer. Fine fuels will be very receptive although improved composite fuel moisture values will limit fire severity potential. Nonetheless, increasing south winds will support opportunity for rapid rates of fire spread should a fire become established. Resistance to suppression is expected to be minimal supporting high probability of initial attack success.

Special Note to Firefighters: Soil temperature across much of the state registers 51°-58° with the warmest observations along the Red River and wedging into south-central/southeastern Oklahoma. With adequate soil moisture and a near-term forecast supporting continued warming of soils, a steady progression toward green-up and leaf-out is expected. Increasing live fuel moisture will serve as a heat sink reducing rates of spread and fireline intensity. Areas where decadent warm-season grasses dominate will still support active fire behavior as will timbered areas until leaf-out provides the shading and sheltering that limits fire behavior.

Moist to saturated soils continue to impede engine and equipment access to many locations. Firefighters are encouraged to take advantage of either barriers to fire spread such as wet drainages, greening lawns or agricultural fields and/or fuel type changes where fire behavior is decreased offering opportunity to utilize direct tactics. Examples: Blower & rake line construction in timbered fuels or backpack pumps, blowers and hand tools in short grasses.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.