Fire Situation Report – December 10, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 12/03/2018 thru 12/10/2018 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 23.2 Acres (1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

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 12/03/2018 thru 12/10/2018 

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

The most meaningful precipitation over the weekend occurred in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma resetting the days of separation from wetting precipitation while much of north-central, west-central, western and northwestern Oklahoma continue to see the number of days since wetting precipitation mount. During the week ahead, a few rather windy days may promote more rapid rates of fire spread given the fuel availability ahead of another opportunity for precipitation Wednesday night into Thursday although the best opportunity for wetting precipitation again appears to be focused on eastern Oklahoma.

Monday – The highest fire danger today will be reserved for the Panhandle and extreme northwestern Oklahoma where relative humidity values are likely to fall below 30% for a brief period this afternoon ranging from 16% in the western Panhandle to 30% in Harper County. Temperatures in the upper 40°’s – mid 50°’s and clear skies will facilitate fine-dead fuel moisture values this afternoon of 5-6% for a brief time given the forecast relative humidity values are realized. Light and variable to light west winds this afternoon will hamper rates of fire spread providing for good probability of successful initial attack.

Tuesday – Although relative humidity values will not be all that low on Tuesday hampered to some extent by partly cloudy skies, more wide-spread fire danger is expected with an increase in wind speed promoting accelerated rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels. Temperatures in the 50°s under partly cloudy skies with relative humidity values generally 36-45% (nearer to 25% in the Panhandle) will deliver afternoon fine-dead fuel moisture values of 7-9%. For much of western Oklahoma southwest winds sustained 15-25 mph with gusts in excess of 30 mph at times will deliver rapid rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels. In the eastern half of the state, south winds sustained 12-18 with gusts 20-25 mph are expected. Expect erratic fire behavior and rapid rates of spread on established fires.

Winds are expected to abate Wednesday with precipitation chances on the increase Wednesday evening through Thursday. Again, the best opportunity for wetting precipitation is focused on eastern Oklahoma.

The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report is scheduled to be issued on Monday, December 17, 2018 unless either fire danger and/or occurrence merits otherwise.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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