Fire Situation Report – August 19, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 08/16/2019 thru 08/19/2019 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 36 Acres (Cause: 1-Lightning, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 7 Fires Burned 723Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Caney Mountain Trail Fire, Pushmataha County – 575 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Wildhorse Mountain Fire (Pushmataha County) – 244 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Pipeline Fire (LeFlore County) – 135 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • Fairlawn Fire (Kiowa County) – 342 Acres, 90% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 08/16/2019 thru 08/19/2019 

  • Moderate Initial Attack Activity
  • 3-Mile Curve (2) Fire, Caddo County – 70 Acres, 100% Contained (1-Firefighter Heat Illness)

Statewide Discussion: 

Hot and humid conditions to start the week with potential for isolated storms in the Panhandle and northwestern counties. Current forecast data holds some promise of slightly cooler temperatures later in the week along with higher rain chances in northeastern and eastern counties. Building fire danger in southeast Oklahoma is expected to continue through mid-week as the area continues to dry out. A good portion of the very dry southwestern Oklahoma received wetting rains on Saturday serving to pause the fire danger concerns in the area, although extreme southwest and portions and south-central Oklahoma remain greater than forty days separated from wetting rains although some precipitation occurred.

Today: High temperature observations will again push past 100⁰ across much of Oklahoma with heat indices greater than 104⁰. Generally, light south winds will serve to hamper excessive rates of fire spread although some gusts in the 15-20 mph range should be expected during peak-heating this afternoon. Additionally, potential for thunderstorm development may produce very strong gusts and erratic wind direction. Given weekend rainfall and the current forecast, the highest fire danger indices will extend south of a line from the Oklahoma Panhandle all the way into southeastern Oklahoma. Temperatures 98⁰-104⁰ and afternoon relative humidity values 19% (western Panhandle) to 40% (SE OK) will yield receptive fuels through the burning period. South winds 7-15 mph with some higher gusts in the afternoon will limit rates of fire spread providing for respectable probability of initial attack success. Highest probability of large fire occurrence will reside in southeastern Oklahoma where timber fuels and pine plantations have proven to present challenging fire behavior in recent days.

Tuesday: Very similar conditions are expected to develop compared to Monday. Overnight moisture recovery Monday night into Tuesday morning is expected to be good at =/> 70% limiting the burning period especially in grass dominated fuel types. Fires occurring in the previous days where timber fuels are dominant will require continued mop-up and patrol to insure containment. Temperatures 97⁰-102⁰ with relative humidity values 20-40% south of a line from the OK Panhandle all the way into southeastern Oklahoma will promote receptive fuels. Continued south winds 7-15 mph with higher gusts during the heat of the day will yield moderate rates of fire spread and continued good initial attack success.

Late Week: Slightly cooler temperatures (in the 90⁰’s), improved afternoon relative humidity values and some potential for rain north, northeast and east will stall any increasing fire danger. During the period, initial attack activity is expected to continue although response efforts are expected to be successful in large part.

 Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect