Fire Situation Report – April 8, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 04/05/2019 thru 04/08/2019 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 30 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Debris)

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/05/2019 thru 04/08/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Increasing fire danger indices expected through Wednesday when a fire-effective weather system will deliver potential for extreme fire behavior in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest counties extending into portions of western Oklahoma. Drying conditions through Wednesday will support a moderate increase in resistance to suppression in dormant, rangeland fuels although wheat fields, greening yard grasses and heavily grazed areas will offer advantageous barriers to fire spread.

Today, wetting rains Friday evening into Saturday generally along and south of a line from Roger Mills to Adair Counties combined with warm temperatures have encouraged vigorous improvement in live-herbaceous fuel moisture providing decreased fire potential and numerous barriers to fire spread. Dry conditions, warm temperatures and little sky cover will support drying of fuels today although rather light northerly winds will limit rates of fire spread providing opportunity for successful initial attack. The highest fire danger today will reside in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma where temperatures this afternoon will tap 77°-81° along with relative humidity values dipping into the 16%-25% range. Again, light northerly winds will limit fire spread potential.

Tuesday, warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity values in conjunction with a return to strengthening, southerly winds will facilitate further drying of dormant fuels while also serving to boost new herbaceous growth. Again, the highest fire danger will be present in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma.

The fire weather components on Wednesday will place the greatest concern in the Oklahoma Panhandle, northwestern and portions of western Oklahoma where areas of warm-season grasses and brush lagging in green-up dominate. Temperature in the upper 70°’s to upper 80°’s, clear skies, relative humidity values 11-19% and strong south winds around 30 mph with gusts near 50 mph will facilitate potential for extreme fire behavior where fuels are available – primarily rangelands. Although the threat is present, significant fire potential is conditional upon location and expanse of unbroken available fuels. Numerous opportunities for checking fire spread are present in the fire environment although engine and equipment access remains limited in many areas due to soil moisture.

Special Note to Firefighters: Given the fire danger potential on Wednesday placing focus in northwestern Oklahoma, firefighters are encouraged to prepare for the potential for rapidly expanding incidents and possibly increased incident complexity. There are several proactive steps that can be taken to facilitate effective use of the Incident Command System during those dynamic and challenging early stages of an expanding incident including establishing a staging area, identifying a command structure and developing a communications plan. To facilitate a brief training opportunity, refer to the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue addressing “Expanding Incidents” at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.