Fire Situation Report – December 19, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 12/16/2019 thru 12/19/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.1 Acres (1-Escaped Debris)

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 12/16/2019 thru 12/19/2019 

  • 2 Fires Burned 18 Acres (2-Debris) Roosevelt & Sentinel FD’s Reporting
  • Initial attack fire activity noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

A cold start this morning will give way to rising temperatures in a very dry atmosphere driving dry fine-dead fuel moisture values this afternoon - especially across the western one-third of Oklahoma. Slightly increased wind speeds will encourage potential for moderate to rapid rates of fire spread. Recent precipitation brought little, if any, improvement to fuel moisture given very light rainfall totals and light snow amounts lost through sublimation. Energy Release Component values have again risen above the 50th percentile indicating moderate resistance to control should be expected on the fire line.

Today: The highest fire danger indices will reside in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma extending across western Oklahoma. Dew point temperatures 8-15 combined with afternoon high temperatures in the 50’s will yield afternoon relative humidity values 14-20% and fine-dead fuel moisture values of 4-5% during peak burning conditions across western Oklahoma. Southwest winds 15-20 mph with gusts in the Panhandle and northwest counties approaching 30 mph will drive potential for rates of head fire spread 215-290 ft./min. and flame lengths around 15 ft.

Warm and dry conditions are expected across Oklahoma today although wind speeds in central and eastern Oklahoma will hold potential rates of spread to less than 200 ft./min. Fine fuels will be very receptive this afternoon although probability of successful initial attack is good.

Friday: Dry conditions continue although some improvement in relative humidity and reduced wind speed will hold rates of fire spread in the moderate range given southerly winds around 10 mph across the majority of Oklahoma. Winds are expected to shift from southerly to northerly in the Panhandle counties sustained 15-20 mph. With temperatures topping out 50-51 and improved relative humidity values 23-29% holding fine-dead fuel moisture around 6%, initial attack efforts are again expected to be successful.

Weekend: Higher than normal temperatures are forecasted (low- to mid-60’s Sunday) although increased dew point temperatures will prevent relative humidity values from dipping into the critical range. Initial attack activity is expected to continue, but opportunity for successful suppression effort are good. There are some rain chances Friday night into Saturday in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma although those chances are not strong nor amounts likely to reach wetting status.

Warm and dry conditions continue into next week although no particular fire-effective weather patterns are on the horizon. Initial attack activity is expected to continue with potential for increasing frequency, but moderate resistance to control is anticipated.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (12/30/19)

Refer to for the most current burn ban information and links to specific burn ban proclamations.