Fire Situation Report – December 30, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 12/23/2019 thru 12/30/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 26 Acres (2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 10 Acres (2-Incendiary, 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 12/23/2019 thru 12/30/2019 

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

Statewide Discussion: 

Precipitation last Friday/Saturday served to reset the days since wetting rains. Many areas received in excess of 0.50” and several locations topped 1.0”. The buildup of Energy Release Component and resistance to control that was evident on some of the fires occurring Christmas day has also been set back, although surface soil moisture may hamper engine access moving forward with a warming/drying trend in the offing.

Monday: Seasonable temperatures and recent precipitation will serve to stall development of fire danger until a brief period in the afternoon that will be clipped short with sunset. The highest fire danger indices today will reside north of I-40 centered in northwestern Oklahoma where northwest winds sustained around 20 mph gusting 25+ will facilitate drying of fuels as afternoon relative humidity values drop below 30%. Temperature below 50 will aid in holding fine-dead fuel moisture values >/= 6% with little new wildfire activity expected.

 Tuesday: Drying conditions continue although light and variable winds will limit opportunity for fire spread potential.

Wednesday into Thursday: Warmer and windier conditions on Wednesday are forecasted ahead of the next chance of precipitation although relative humidity values are not expected to work to drive fine-fuels into the critical range. New fires should exhibit little resistance to control. While some precipitation chances are in the forecast across northern Oklahoma, potential amounts are limited.

In summary, no particularly concerning fire danger expected this week with any new activity likely to be controlled rapidly during initial attack. Firefighters are encouraged to scout potential engine access prior to committing engines on the fireline due to recent rainfall and soft soils.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (12/30/19)

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