Fire Situation Report – December 14, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 12/12/2018 thru 12/14/2018 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 12/12/2018 thru 12/14/2018 

1 Fire Burned 800 Acres (est) – Sweetwater Rural Fire Department Reporting

Walker Fire (Roger Mills County) – 800 acres (est), 30% Contained

Statewide Discussion: 

Along and west of a line from Alfalfa County to Jackson County, rainfall did not occur or at best negligible amounts were realized. Dry, post-frontal air and continued strong north winds will prompt increased fire danger concerns today in the area. Drying conditions through the weekend will retain fire danger in the west while the east dries out and fuel availability for combustion increases.

The highest fire danger today will reside in western and southwestern Oklahoma again today where north winds sustained around 20 mph with gusts 25-35 are expected to be frequent. Marginal to poor overnight moisture recovery in the area will facilitate readily available fuels early in the day resulting in an extended burning period today. Relative humidity values this afternoon 17-27% and temperatures in the low 50°’s under clear skies will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values in the area of 5-7%. Rates of fire spread in native grasses averaging 250-300 ft./min. Fuels will be dry throughout northwest and Panhandle counties supporting potential for new wildfire ignitions; however wind speeds are expected to somewhat subside through the afternoon providing respectable probability of successful initial attack.

Rain this morning in southern, central and southeast Oklahoma will move out with dry conditions prevailing in Oklahoma over the weekend. Drier air moving in will facilitate rapid drying of fine fuels and gradually increasing fire danger east / sustained fire danger west. Generally northwest winds Saturday transitioning to west Sunday will have much less impact on rates of fire spread than in previous days. As fine fuels dry becoming increasingly available and fire danger increases east, vehicle/apparatus access will be limited by saturated soil throughout much of the state.

Special Note to Firefighters: Soil moisture is high in many areas across the state. Cooler temperatures limit evaporation and herbaceous dormancy negates uptake resulting in soft ground increasing the risk of becoming stuck during progressive engine tactics. Firefighters are encouraged to consider the following precautions when engaged in fire suppression activities:

  • Avoid frontal assault where engines and personnel are positioned in unburned fuels.
  • Attack from the black anchoring the fire at the heal progressing in the black on the flanks toward the head.
  • Scout the area on foot ahead of committing engines to progressive tactics off-road.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info