Fire Situation Report – February 15, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/014/18 thru 0800 02/15/18 

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 the Protection Area: No New Activity

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

 FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/14/18 thru 02/15/18 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Elevated fire danger concerns today with near-record temperatures ahead of a cold front that will impact Oklahoma this evening. The highest fire danger indices today will again be focused in the Panhandle and northwestern counties along with increased concern today west of the I-44 corridor. Precipitation chances noticeably increase in eastern Oklahoma this evening with the cold front.

Panhandle/Northwest Oklahoma – Marginal overnight moisture recovery will prompt very receptive fuels early in the burning period today intensifying as temperatures warm to 69°-77°. Slightly higher dew point temperature today will hold off the single digit relative humidity values observed yesterday, but relative humidity values this afternoon will range 16-20%. The current forecast indicates that sky cover around 50% should be in place and shading should hold fine-dead fuel moisture to 6%; however if the clouds break fine fuel moisture observations may be as low as 4% resulting in very receptive fuels. Southwest winds this morning will shift to the west by afternoon preceding the frontal boundary at 12-19 mph gusting higher. Rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels at 150-200 ft/min (2 mph) should be expected with spread rates nearer to 275-300 ft/min (3 mph) if fine fuel moisture does fall to 4-5%. Frontal passage is expected near the end of the burning period with winds shifting from the west to north in the early evening hours.

Northern/Western Oklahoma – Some areas may set new records as temperatures warm to 75°-80°. Relative humidity values this afternoon 20-30% will facilitate receptive fine fuels at 6-7%. West-southwest winds 12-19 mph with some gusts near 25 mph during the burning period will drive rapid rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels. Given composite fuel moisture, fires occurring in brush and timber fuels will likely exhibit heightened resistance to control requiring thorough mop-up.

Rain chances improve this evening in eastern Oklahoma with the frontal passage along with some chance for light rain in central Oklahoma with the west remaining primarily dry. Cooler temperatures on Friday will calm fire danger to some extent, but very dry fuels in the west will still facilitate fire danger. Improved, and more widespread rain chances are expected Friday night but the driest parts of the state are likely to remain completely dry.

Resources:

  • OFS Task Force
  • 1 – Air Attack Platform
  • 2 - Type 1 Helicopter
  • 1 - National Guard Helicopter
  • OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status: 

 For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info