Fire Situation Report – February 14, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 02/13/2019 thru 02/14/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 9 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

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 02/13/2019 thru 02/14/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported (Fire activity noted through media outlets)

Statewide Discussion: 

Warm temperatures and continued dry conditions will hold fire danger in place today in Oklahoma with highest fire danger indices again in western Oklahoma. Gradually diminishing winds into the afternoon and potential for some persistent sky cover will serve to moderate fire behavior providing reasonable expectation of successful initial attack. Fire danger into the weekend is expected to diminish with noticeably cooler temperatures and improved atmospheric moisture noting that current forecast data does hold fire danger concerns firmly in place in the western half of the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Western Oklahoma / Oklahoma Panhandle: Along and west of a line from Harper County to Cotton County, relative humidity values this afternoon 14-22% will promote very receptive fine fuels as temperatures warm into the low-70°’s to near 80° southwest. 4-5% fine-dead fuel moisture observations are expected in the area with localized 3% observations likely. West-southwest winds early today will gradually shift to the north through the day diminishing to around 10 mph with some gusts 15-18 mph. Moderate rates of spread are expected today in grass fuels (145-200 ft./min.). There is a chance of precipitation this evening and into the overnight in the northwestern counties that may serve to clip short the burning period today.

Central Oklahoma: Temperatures 65° (north) to 79° (south) and afternoon relative humidity values 24-30% will again encourage 5-6% fine-dead fuel moisture values in the area. Winds are expected to gradually shift from the west to north during the peak of the burning period although wind speeds are predicted to be 8-12 mph with limited gusts. Moderate rates of fire spread are expected in grass dominated fuels (140-220 ft./min.).

Eastern Oklahoma: Relative humidity values this afternoon at 29-40% and temperature 64°-70° will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6-7% widely and some 5% observations where sky cover erodes earlier in the day. Grass dominated fuels will be receptive as will more open woodlands with a pine component although southwest to west winds decreasing into the afternoon are not expected to drive troublesome rates of fire spread offering good opportunity for successful initial attack.

Cooler temperatures and more moist conditions on Friday promise to reduce fire danger across the majority of the state with potential for the western Panhandle to see fire danger remaining in place through Saturday.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

– OFS Task Forces (Boise City/Weatherford)

1 – National Guard Helicopter

- OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.