Fire Situation Report – December 18, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 12/17/2018 thru 12/18/2018 

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 recorded on 12/17/2018 thru 12/18/2018 

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Good overnight moisture recovery, fog and very light rain in some areas coupled with improved dew point temperatures and persisting sky cover will stave off concerning fire danger today promoting higher afternoon relative humidity values and improved fine dead fuel moisture values as a result. Fire danger will increase Wednesday in the Panhandle followed by more widespread burning conditions on Thursday as a dry airmass and stout northerly winds dominate.

Today, relative humidity values are not expected to dip below 30% (barring a small portion of the state near Black Mesa). Stalled drying will hold fine-dead fuel moisture values above levels of concern this afternoon as values of 7% in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma to 9% in the southeast are expected. Should a fire be ignited, rates of spread will be hampered by light south winds.

Tomorrow, fire danger will develop in the Panhandle while rain chances develop central and east with best opportunity in eastern Oklahoma. Rainfall amounts, where it does transpire, are expected to be light. A dry cold front entering the Panhandle will deliver winds shifting from west to north along with an increase in velocity during the peak of the burning period. Readily available fine fuels at 6% FDFM will burn actively and north winds 18-23 mph gusting to 30 mph will support rapid rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels.

More widespread fire danger will be present on Thursday as a dry airmass and strong north winds during the peak of the burning period will translate into elevated fire danger highest in western and Panhandle counties.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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