Fire Situation Report – February 4, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 02/01/2019 thru 02/04/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.4 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 02/01/2019 thru 02/04/2019 

  • 3 Fires Burned 339.5 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.) Keystone & Indiahoma FD’s Reporting

Payne Fire (Beaver County) – 336 Acres, 90% Contained

  • Additional Initial Attack Activity via media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

The week ahead will is likely to present limited fire danger in parts of western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle while central and eastern portions of the state experience declining indices. Precipitation chances increase into mid-week for much of central and especially eastern Oklahoma, while the northwest is expected to remain primarily dry extending the days since wetting rains facilitating a slow but steady increase in Energy Release Component percentile observations although fuels are not expected to be exceedingly challenging to suppress . Of note, fire danger is expected to be elevated in the Panhandle Counties and possibly far northwestern Oklahoma Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

Today, moderated fire danger is expected in the Panhandle and western counties as a cold front edges into the state while eastern counties will remain in a very limited fire environment holding fire danger largely at bay. Along and west of a line from Woods County to Tillman County temperatures in the low-60°’s to low-70°’s, unshaded fuels and relative humidity values 23% (western Panhandle) to 35% will yield receptive grass fuels of 6-7% fine-dead fuel moisture. Wind direction will shift through the day with the frontal passage although sustained wind speeds around 10 mph and only limited gusts will limit rates of fire spread and proved good opportunity for initial attack success.

Tuesday, excellent overnight moisture recovery will stall development of fire danger in the Panhandle counties although temperatures 65°-69° and afternoon relative humidity values dipping into the 18-30% will deliver receptive fuels during the afternoon hours. Southwest winds 12-15 mph gusting in excess of 20 mph at times will facilitate rates of fire spread nearing 200 ft./min with and flame lengths 10-13 ft. in native grasses during the peak of the burning period.

Wednesday brings precipitation chances east and central, but elevated fire danger in the Panhandle and potentially far northwestern Oklahoma. In that area, temperature in the low-60°’s coupled with relative humidity values 20-30% will again yield receptive fuels during the afternoon hours. Presently, dominant grass fuels should expected to deliver 215-330 ft./min. (2.2-3.6 mph) and flame lengths 12-21 ft. at the head fire during peak burning conditions. Given some forecast variability, we anticipate updating the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report on Wednesday morning to provide more accurate assessment of the potential in the Panhandle counties.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

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