Fire Situation Report – February 19, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/015/18 thru 0800 02/19/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – Statistics not available at time of report

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Red Horse Fire (Woods County) – 3,600 est., 10% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 02/18/18 thru 02/19/18 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Additional Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Red Flag Warning in effect for Cimarron County today from Noon through 7:00 PM. A cold front that has pushed into northwest Oklahoma this morning has aided in improving overnight moisture recovery facilitating good progress on the large fires in northwest Oklahoma. A challenging fire weather forecast for today, but elevated fire danger concerns will persist across the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma as well as expansion into parts of western and southwestern Oklahoma.

Panhandle – The highest fire danger concerns will be in the Panhandle today as temperatures warm to 65°-68° with relative humidity values 19-30%. The frontal boundary that has pushed in from Kansas earlier this morning is expected to fade back opening the door for winds to switch back to the south. Wind speeds 20-30 mph gusting in excess of 35 mph will encourage rapid fire growth as fine fuel moisture values tap 4-5%.

Northwest Oklahoma – A stalled cold front is expected to present improved conditions compared to yesterday. Nonetheless, very dry fuels will support active fire behavior. And, as was witnessed yesterday, continued resistance to fire suppression should be expected. A stalled cold front may keep northerly winds in place through the day strongest during the first half of the day. But, should the front retreat expect fire danger to increase into the afternoon/evening hours. That said, temperatures in the low- to mid-60°’s with some sky cover and relative humidity values 28-32% will deliver fine fuel moisture values around 6%. Rates of fire spread will remain classified as rapid today, but opportunity for successful initial attack is increased.

Western / Southwestern Oklahoma – Temperatures will be well above normal in the upper 70°’s with relative humidity values 20-28% and fine fuel moisture widely 5% (some locations in far southwest may observe 4%). Southwest winds 16-22 mph gusting 25-30 mph will drive rapid rates of fire spread in the grass dominated fuels of the area.


  • OFS Task Force
  • 1 – Air Attack Platform
  • 1 – Type 1 Airtanker and Aerial Supervision Module
  • 2 - Type 1 Helicopters
  • OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status: 

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