Fire Situation Report – December 16, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 12/12/2019 thru 12/16/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 15 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 12/12/2019 thru 12/16/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Initial attack fire activity noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

Suppressed fire danger today with light mixed precipitation north and east, cold temperatures, sky cover and elevated relative humidity values. Dry conditions return for the week ahead along with a warming trend that will push afternoon high temperatures above normal during the latter half of the week. Obviously, warm temperatures and a dry atmosphere will whittle away at the slight fuel moisture improvement although fire weather through much of the week is rather mild. Low dew point temperature and increasing afternoon high temperatures will facilitate potential for relative humidity values dipping below 30% for a brief period in the afternoon facilitating brief periods of initial attack activity. 

Thursday may present a brief period of elevated fire danger during the afternoon ahead of a weak cold front. Current forecast data indicates temperatures into the mid- to upper 50’s with relative humidity values falling below 30% for much of Oklahoma facilitating fine-dead fuel moisture values 6-7%. Southwest winds in the prefrontal environment sustained 15-20 mph with some higher gusts will facilitate moderate to rapid rates of fire spread although resistance to control is expected to be minimal. At present, forecast information points to very limited opportunity for moisture although temperatures will drop toward the dew point temperature facilitating respectable overnight moisture recovery.

Temperatures bump into the 60’s for much of Oklahoma into the weekend requiring an update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report given nearer term weather and fuels data.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Take a minute to make a plan, rather than making a plan a minute… Sizing up a fire upon arrival is critical to establishing a plan of attack facilitating safe, effective and efficient fireline operations. The fire environment is dynamic and sometimes complex forcing quick decisions based on sound training and experience. The basis for making accurate and timely decisions on the fire ground is rooted in a good “sizeup”. Ask yourself the following questions to assess the fire environment:

What is the size of the fire, and what is it burning in?

Is adverse topography or difficult access present?

Are weather factors posing any challenges?

Are there structures and improvements to be protected?

Are there hazards present such as utilities, fences, terrain?

Are there opportunities in the fire environment already in place to halt fire spread?

Taking a moment to answer these questions forms the basis to make a good assessment and begin the process of turning the firefight from reactive efforts toward proactive strategy and tactics. Answers to those questions also start the process of determining the following:

Anchor point from which to begin firefighting efforts.

Escape routes and safety zones for personnel and equipment.

Incident objectives.

Additional resource needs.

Firefighters are encouraged to take a few minutes to review the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue “Back to Basics” with their crew, department or unit. It can be accessed at the following link: https://forestry.publishpath.com/Websites/forestry/images/Oklahoma_Wildland_Tailgate_Series_Web_Version.pdf

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.