Fire Situation Report – February 15, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 02/14/2019 thru 02/15/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

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 02/14/2019 thru 02/15/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 8 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris) Tecumseh FD Reporting
  •  Additional Fire activity noted through media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

No significant fire danger expected in Oklahoma today with drizzle and light rain across the northern counties, rain chances east and ample sky cover through the day across the state.  The bulk of the state is likely to experience low/moderate fire danger indices through the weekend with cooler temperatures and wind speeds around 10 mph with only limited gust potential.  A cold front moving through the state Saturday night poses no threat to fire danger.  However, the western half of the Oklahoma Panhandle will see a return of conditions supporting fire activity both Saturday and Sunday.
Oklahoma Panhandle (western half):  Moderated fire danger today with some light drizzle this morning, light northeast winds and sky cover although dry air will resurge Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday will bring a return of dry air with afternoon relative humidity values near 15% as temperatures warm to 55°-59° promoting fine-dead fuel moisture values of 5% with some sites tapping 4% given clear skies.  South winds in the morning will shift to the west pushing dry air into the area with sustained winds around 20 mph and some gusts in excess of 35 mph. Composite fuel moisture values do not point to excessive resistance to suppression efforts, although rates of spread in uniform fuels will exhibit rates of spread 160-260 ft./min. with flame lengths 8-14 ft.  
Sunday Cold temperatures in the morning around 21° are forecast although low dew point temperatures will only allow moderate overnight moisture recovery.  Temperature around 45°, 23-28% relative humidity and persistent sky cover will limit fine-dead fuel moisture values from hitting concern levels for the area moderating fire, although dormant grasses will be receptive.  Wind speeds less than 15 mph and only limited gusts will provide for good initial attack success probability.
Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.