Fire Situation Report – August 5, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 08/02/2019 thru 08/05/2019 

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 08/02/2019 thru 08/05/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 100 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) GuymonFD Reporting
  •  Additional wildfire activity noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

Widespread wetting rains generally east of the I-35 corridor have provided a boost in upper soil moisture as well as improving live fuel moisture promoting a downturn in fire danger across the area. Western Oklahoma, on the other hand, continues to see prolonged separation from wetting rains (24-49 days) and the onset of abnormally dry conditions with hints of the early stages of drought in a few areas. Initial attack activity has been successful in the absence of critical fire weather. In the week ahead, alignment of concerning fire environment elements are not expected to develop, and again provide good opportunity for successful initial attack on new fire starts.

Today: In the west – composite fuel moisture continues to decline with live fuel moisture waning as available soil moisture tapers off. Afternoon high temperatures above 90⁰ will be observed, however relative humidity values will generally remain above 30% save some locations in the Oklahoma Panhandle where 25% observations are likely. Light and variable winds this morning becoming south-southeast this afternoon 5-10 mph will limit rates of spread and potential fire growth. Excellent overnight moisture recovery will serve to ward off extension of the burning period as fuels approach moisture of extinction. Additionally, shower and storm chances enter into the equation tonight in the Panhandle counties. In the east - improved composite fuel moisture values, afternoon relative humidity values generally above 45% and a slight chance of showers southeast will hold development of fire danger at bay. 

Tuesday: Temperatures return to the mid- to upper-90⁰’s although relative humidity 26-40% and continued light wind speeds around 5-10 mph will hamper fire behavior on any new starts across the western half of Oklahoma. Respectable moisture recovery in the overnight hours is again expected to clip the burning period short.

Wednesday-Friday: The highest fire danger indices this week will be present in southwestern Oklahoma during the last half of the workweek as temperatures increase exceeding 100⁰ at some locations and southerly winds gusting to near 20 mph during the heat of the afternoon will produce potential for moderate fire behavior although fuels are not expected to exhibit much in the way of resistance to control. Grass dominated fuels should be expected to produce rates of spread 45-75 ft./min. with head fire flame lengths 6-8 ft. Shower and storm chances will be present across the northern tier of counties including the Panhandle and portions of eastern Oklahoma. Generally light amounts of precipitation are expected outside of storm development. 

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect