Fire Situation Report – December 21, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 12/20/2018 thru 12/21/2018 

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 12/20/2018 thru 12/21/2018 

No New Activity Reported (Activity Noted Through Media Outlets)

Statewide Discussion: 

Dry conditions will prevail across Oklahoma through the weekend although winds are not expected to be nearly as strong. The highest fire danger will continue to reside in western Oklahoma where composite fuel moisture values are lowest and the highest afternoon fire danger indices develop.

Today, very dry conditions will be present this afternoon in the Oklahoma Panhandle and along the western tier of counties where relative humidity values 11% (western Panhandle) to 21% will be realized. Fine-dead fuel moisture values as low as 4% with several sites registering 5-6% as temperatures warm to near 60° are expected prompting very receptive fuels. Most of the state will see fine-fuel moisture values in the 6-8% range. Winds shifting from west to south through the day will be sustained 5-12 at peak burning conditions today with some gusts in the western counties nearing 20 mph. Initial attack success is expected to be successful in large part given the moderate rates of fire spread expected on going fires.

The burning period each day this weekend will be generally confined to the mid-afternoon to early-evening hours with good overnight moisture recovery, the shortest daytime periods and lower sun angles. While each afternoon may pose increasing initial attack activity, significant fire occurrence is not expected and initial attack efforts should be successful.

Optimism is beginning to build for a respectable opportunity of moisture coming into Oklahoma next week. The next issuance of the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be Monday, December 24 unless fire activity or fire danger merits otherwise.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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