Fire Situation Report – February 11, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 02/08/2019 thru 02/11/2019 

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 recorded on 02/08/2019 thru 02/11/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Elevated fire danger is expected to develop this afternoon in the Oklahoma Panhandle and parts of western Oklahoma with significant drying in the wake of very light rain and areas of fog earlier this morning. Rain chances increase in central and more so in southeastern Oklahoma today quelling fire danger concerns. A warming/ drying trend will result in increasing fire danger Wednesday into Thursday ahead of the next frontal boundary.

Today, the highest fire danger will reside in the Oklahoma Panhandle (highest indices in the western half) with elevated conditions developing in parts of far western Oklahoma as significant drying is forecast to occur this afternoon.

  • Oklahoma Panhandle - Temperature will warm into the 53°-58° range this afternoon following a cool start and with dewpoint temperature values as low as 10°, relative humidity values will fall into the 15-25% range facilitating fine-dead fuel moisture values of 5-6% and isolated observations of 4%. West winds sustained 15-25 mph gusting in excess of 35 mph later this afternoon will promote rapid rates of fire spread. The grass dominated fuels types in the area will have potential to exhibit forward rates of spread 235-290 ft./min. with average flame lengths 6-15 ft. One mitigating factor that may develop is blowing dust which may serve to shade fuels to some extent reducing fuel receptiveness. Winds will persist into the overnight hours becoming northerly with only moderate overnight moisture recovery.
  • Far Western Oklahoma – Fog, drizzle and a few areas of light rain early this morning have served to somewhat recuce the concern for today although significant drying is expected to occur transitioning toward receptive fine fuels. Temperatures will warm into the low-60°’s in the early afternoon cooling by a few degrees during the burning period. Relative humidity values of 100% this morning will fall into the 23-29% range this afternoon. Sky cover is expected to limit fine-dead fuel receptiveness although 6% fine-dead fuel moisture is expected especially in Harper and Ellis Counties. Winds will increase gradually through the day shifting from southerly to northwest with the approaching frontal boundary. Late in the burning period expect west to northwest winds sustained around 20 mph with higher gusts facilitating potential for erratic fire behavior.

Fire danger will moderate somewhat on Tuesday with lighter winds although drier conditions are expected in the wake of the passing frontal boundary. A warming/drying trend through Thursday will serve to boost fire danger across much of western Oklahoma. An approaching cold front will likely encourage a spike in fire danger on Thursday with dry/dormant fuels in place and stout winds in the pre-frontal fire environment.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

– OFS Task Forces (Guymon/Weatherford)

- OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

– National Guard Helicopters

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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