Fire Situation Report – April 5, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 04/04/2019 thru 04/05/2019 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Beaver Tail Fire (Haskell County) – 150 Acres, 100% Contained at 0900 04/04/19

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 04/04/2019 thru 04/05/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Fire danger today will primarily be confined to the western Panhandle in Cimarron County and potentially edging into western Texas County while the bulk of the state will see areas of fog this morning and elevated dew points through the day limiting relative humidity values will hold fine-dead fuel moisture above concerning value. Opportunities for rain this evening through Sunday are poised to hold fire danger at bay and support continued green-up. We are keeping an eye on a mid-week system that has potential to deliver warm, dry and windy conditions spiking fire danger in the western tier of counties.

Western Panhandle: Temperature warming to 75°-78° with relative humidity values this afternoon 14-21% will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture tapping 3-4%. The 5-day rainfall total, while not classified as wetting, has held the build-up of Energy Release Component (ERC-G) in check minimizing the potential resistance to suppression effort. Nonetheless, south winds sustained around 20 mph gusting 30mph during peak burning conditions will support rapid rates of fire spread. Grass/Shrub fuels where fuels are aligned with both wind and topography will yield rates of spread 95-180 ft./min. with head fire flame lengths 8-12 ft. Unsheltered / un-grazed grass fuels will likely yield quicker rates of fire spread closer to 200 ft./min. on fire that become fully established transitioning to free-burning conditions. A chance of storms in the area this evening and some potential for lightning ignitions present although overnight moisture recovery is expected to limit potential. Reduced fire danger on Saturday and Sunday, although stronger north winds on Sunday may support erratic fire behavior.

With adequate soil moisture, day time temperatures in the 70°’s nearing 80° along the Red River and additional rain chances in the weekend forecast, expansion of the flush of green in cool-season species and initiating leaf-out is expected to continue. As stated previously, we are monitoring the fire danger potential for far western Oklahoma mid-week, although soil moisture boosted with additional rain chances and warm temperatures prior will support narrowing the expense of available fuels with grazed pastures, wheat fields, drainages and yard grasses providing barriers to fire spread.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.