Fire Situation Report – December 9, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 12/02/2019 thru 12/09/2019 

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 42.4 Acres (4-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 2.1 Acres (2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 Fire Burned 22 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

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 12/02/2019 thru 12/09/2019 

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

Statewide Discussion: 

Primarily dry conditions last week with ample dormant fuel loading provided consistent initial attack activity across Oklahoma although rather benign fire weather facilitated successful firefighting efforts for both agency and fire department resources. The lack of alignment in fire weather inputs will serve to limit fire danger in large part through the week, although primarily dry conditions will facilitate persistent potential for initial attack activity. 

Of note, there is potential for elevated fire danger concern into the weekend as a trough approaches Oklahoma. Above normal temperatures, increasing days since wetting rains, heavy dormant fuel loading and potential for a dry system may drive some increased wildfire activity into the weekend. An update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will likely be issued later in the week as forecaster confidence builds and a nearer term evaluation of the fuel moisture regime is available.

Today: A cold front passing through the state will result in falling temperatures and gusty north winds behind the frontal boundary. Sky cover will serve to hold relative humidity values above concerning values although dormant fine fuels will be somewhat receptive. Wind speed will increase with the shift from southerly to northwest sustained 15-30 mph along with higher gusts. Temperatures will decrease as the front passes with 20’s and 30’s this evening. Erratic fire behavior should be expected with short duration runs where fuels are aligned with wind direction and topography. Resistance to control is not expected to be a strong factor providing for good probability of initial attack success. Precipitation chances are confined to extreme south-central and southeastern Oklahoma.

Tuesday: Temperatures will slip above 50 in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern counties with mid-40’s across much of the state. Afternoon relative humidity values will dip below 30% across much of the western half of the state with clearing skies into the afternoon while 30-40% values will be observed east. Fine-dead fuel moisture values will be 6% for most locations with some 5% observations possible in the Panhandle and western counties – 7% east. Light and variable winds will limit rates of fire spread again providing for good initial attack opportunities.

Wednesday: Warmer temperatures in the 50’s and return of southerly winds are forecasted, although afternoon relative humidity values hovering at or above 30% will hold fine-dead fuel moisture values above critical values. The highest fire danger indices will exist in the western third of Oklahoma for a brief time in the afternoon as south winds increase to around 15 mph with higher gusts facilitating moderate rates of fire spread.

Late Week: An updated situation report will likely be issued Thursday morning given increased forecaster confidence and a more thorough evaluation of the composite fuel moisture profiles. Nonetheless, dry conditions combined with above average temperature and developing weather systems may drive an uptick in fire danger concern.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (12/16/19)

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