Fire Situation Report – February 12, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 02/11/2019 thru 02/12/2019 

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 02/11/2019 thru 02/12/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

A Fire Weather Watch is currently in effect for Cimarron and Texas Counties identifying the potential of critical fire weather tomorrow (Wednesday, February 13, 2019). 

Fortunately, fire danger yesterday in the western Oklahoma/Panhandle areas was moderated by improved moisture conditions and sky cover. Drying conditions today will work to set up increasing fire danger concern across western Oklahoma through mid-week, and also potential for some initial attack activity in central and eastern Oklahoma through mid-week as drier air and windy conditions dominate the afternoon hours.

Today, reduced wind speeds will limit rates of fire spread although dry conditions will serve to rapidly increase fuel receptiveness. The highest fire danger today will lie along and west of a line from Woods County to Tillman County as temperatures warm to the mid-50°’s in the area and relative humidity values this afternoon dive into the 12-25% range facilitating receptive fine fuels. Winds however are not expected to be overly challenging generally around 10 mph as they toggle from the northwest this morning back to southwest this afternoon. Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful noting that engine access to some areas continues to be limited by wet ground.

The current forecast data supports a noticeable increase in fire weather on Wednesday in the wake of drying conditions today. The Panhandle and western Oklahoma will see the highest fire danger indices although central and northeastern Oklahoma may experience some fire occurrence of of the initial attack variety. Temperatures warming into the mid- to upper-60°’s and relative humidity values 10-20% are expected in the western quarter supporting very dry, receptive fuels. Southwest winds sustained at 19-26 mph with higher gusts will support rapid rates of fire spread. Elevated fire danger conditions are expected to continue into Thursday although with stout southwest winds although fine-dead fuel moisture values improve slightly.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

– OFS Task Forces (Guymon/Weatherford)

- OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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