Fire Situation Report – February 1, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 01/28/2019 thru 02/01/2019 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area –  No New Activity

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 30 Acres (Cause: 1-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 recorded on 01/28/2019 thru 02/01/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 3 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris) Indiahoma FD Reporting
  • Additional Initial Attack Activity via media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Subdued fire danger today across Oklahoma will give way to warming/drying conditions emphasized in western Oklahoma through the weekend resulting in elevated to near critical fire danger Sunday afternoon. Separation from wetting rains and slowly increasing Energy Release Component percentile rankings point to the potential for increased initial attack activity in western Oklahoma on Sunday; however resistance to suppression is not expected to be an overwhelming factor.

Today, areas of fog in much of Oklahoma and cold temperatures northwest will stall the development of fire danger. Chances of light rain/drizzle east and southeast along with relative humidity values generally above 35% elsewhere in Oklahoma will limit fine-fuel availability. Light and variable winds becoming light-southerly this afternoon will limit fire spread resulting in minimal resistance to fire suppression should any fire occur. The only exception today is in the western Oklahoma Panhandle where temperatures near 60°, clear skies and relative humidity values briefly around 20% will result in receptive grass fuels at 5% fine-dead fuel moisture (isolated 4% FDFM may be realized). South winds around 10 mph this afternoon will not promote rapid rates of fire spread providing little resistance to fire suppression efforts.

Saturday is expected to have lingering low chances of light precipitation with best opportunities south and east. Again, fire danger will largely be kept at bay excluding the western Oklahoma Panhandle where temperatures in the mid- to upper-60°’s, clear skies and relative humidity values potentially dipping below 20% will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values of 4-5%. Moderate rates of fire spread should be expected with southwest winds 9-15 mph gusting at times in excess of 20 mph.

Sunday is expected to deliver elevated fire danger in areas of western Oklahoma to near-critical fire danger with warm, dry and windy conditions dominating the afternoon. Excellent overnight moisture recovery Saturday night into Sunday morning will stall the development of concerning fire danger indices early in the burning period although the afternoon hours will see receptive fine fuels and potential for rapid rates of fire spread.

  • Oklahoma Panhandle – Temperatures 65°-70°, relative humidity values 21-27% and limited sky cover will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values widely at 5% tapping 4% in several locations. Southwest winds sustained 15-22 mph gusting 25-40 mph will facilitate rapid rates of fire spread especially when aligned with fuels and topography. Grass dominated fuels typical in the area should be expected to exhibit 220-280 ft./min. with flame lengths 7-13 ft. at the head fire.
  • Western Oklahoma (generally west of a line from Alfalfa to Tillman County) – Temperatures in the upper-60°’s to upper-70°’s and afternoon relative humidity values around 25% (tier of counties) to mid-30% progressing eastward will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6%. Southerly winds sustained near 20 mph and gusts nearing 30 mph will yield potential for rapid rates of fire spread. Rates of spread in dominant grass fuel types of 220-300 ft./min with flame lengths of 8-16 ft. should be anticipated at the head fire. Grass/brush fuels will yield noticeably less rates of fire spread with spotting limited to the immediate vicinity of the fireline. Should sky cover persist into the afternoon hours, fire behavior will struggle to achieve the prediction above.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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