Fire Situation Report – December 12, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 12/09/2019 thru 12/12/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 1 Acres (1-Incendiary)

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 12/09/2019 thru 12/12/2019 

  • 3 Fires Burned 2 Acres (Roosevelt, Gene Autry FD’s)
  • Initial attack fire activity noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

The vast majority of Oklahoma has not received precipitation in the last ten days facilitating receptive fine fuels during the late-morning through evening hours leading along with opportunity for new fire starts. Additionally, most areas along and north of I-44 have not received wetting precipitation in excess in the last two weeks with some northern counties more than one-month separated and the western two-thirds of the Oklahoma Panhandle 70+ days without wetting rains. Very good growing conditions throughout the year has resulted in above-normal fuel loading in general and while fire weather has been tame in large part, it is noteworthy to be mindful continued dry conditions. While some precipitation potential is within the near-term forecast, amounts over the next seven days appear to be negligible.

 Friday: A weak cold front is expected to move across Oklahoma on Friday although above normal temperatures and dry conditions are expected will persist. No critical fire weather is expected, although dry fuels will be receptive to new fire starts. Temperature during the afternoon hours will range 55-60 with relative humidity values 20% (w. PH) to +50% (e. OK). Sky cover will serve to hold fine-dead fuel moisture above 7% for much of the state although areas where clearing occurs may see observations as low as 5% briefly in the afternoon. Fine fuels will be moderately receptive although wind speeds are generally expected to remain light as they shift from southerly to northwest through the day yielding manageable rates of fire spread.

Saturday: Dry conditions continue into the burning period on Saturday although light to moderate north winds will continue to permit successful initial attack actions.

Precipitation chances begin Saturday night in the Panhandle hanging on through the weekend in Oklahoma. Amounts presently appear to be light, although fire weather should not be a notable factor through the weekend.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (12/16/19)

Refer to http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info for the most current burn ban information and links to specific burn ban proclamations.