Fire Situation Report – December 2, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 11/27/2019 thru 12/02/2019 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

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 11/27/2019 thru 12/02/2019 

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

Statewide Discussion: 

Following rain late last week, another dry windy day across Oklahoma on Saturday resulted in a handful of stubborn initial attack wildfires. Predominantly dry weather this week with moderate fire danger indices most afternoons. There is a chance of precipitation Thursday as a trough moves passes Oklahoma although wetting amounts may be reserved for southeastern Oklahoma. In short, limited fire danger will be present for a brief period each afternoon during although good overnight moisture recovery, cool nighttime temperatures, light to moderate wind speeds and lagging Energy Release Component percentiles will hold wildfire to primarily initial attack activity with good probability of success.

Today: Dry conditions with temperatures in the 50’s across much of Oklahoma to the low 60’s in the Oklahoma Panhandle with relative humidity values ranging 23% (western Panhandle) to 40%+ (far eastern Oklahoma) will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values 5-8% with most location 6-7% this afternoon. Winds will be strongest in the eastern Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma southerly 7-15 mph with some higher gusts otherwise fairly light winds. Limited to moderate rates of fire spread will offer good opportunity for successful initial attack. One notable fire environment complication is that the rainfall has created soft soils, especially in lower lying areas. Engine attack may be hampered and firefighters are encouraged to scout lines prior to committing engines.

 Tuesday/Wednesday: Warmer than average temperatures are forecasted although moderate afternoon relative humidity values and fairly light winds coupled with good overnight moisture recovery will confine development of fire danger to the afternoon hours that quickly diminishes with sunset.

Thursday: A trough passes across Oklahoma with increased sky cover and a more moist atmosphere limiting fire danger. Precipitation chances are currently in the forecast although wetting amounts are more probable in southeastern Oklahoma.

Again, no particularly notable fire weather of fuel concerns are expected through this week. Should fire danger development or fire activity merit the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be updated, otherwise the next update will be issued on Monday 

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (Expires today)

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