Fire Situation Report – January 13, 2020


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 01/09/2020 thru 01/13/2020 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 457.1 Acres (3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 45 Acres (2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 83 Acres (1-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Workman Mt. South Fire (Adair County) – 157 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Pumpback Lake Fire (Mayes County) – 300 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Dogwood Trail Fire (Mayes County) – 250 Acres, 100% Contained 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 1 Fire Burned 4 Acres

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/09/2020 thru 01/13/2020 

  • 3 Fires Burned 826.4 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment)
  • Spring Creek Fire (Caddo County) – 654.4 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Additional Wildfire Activity Noted in Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for Cimarron and Texas Counties from Noon through 7:00 PM. With little to no measurable precipitation occurring in the area, and intensified fire weather developing today increased fire danger will be present across the Oklahoma Panhandle and along the 100th Meridian, OK/TX Border. Those concerns will be greatest in the warned area where gusty southwest winds and low relative humidity combine with above normal temperatures and receptive fuels to prompt enhanced fire danger concerns this afternoon.

Warned Area: Temperature will warm into the 59-62 range this afternoon with relative humidity values around 16%. Fine-dead fuel moisture values will likely tap 4% during peak burning conditions with current Energy Release Component values pointing to moderate resistance to control. Southwest to west winds sustained around 20 mph with gusts in excess of 30 mph possible. Rangeland fuels in the area will support moderate to rapid rates of fire spread 179-279 ft./min. with head fire flame lengths 9-15 ft. Firefighters should expect intensified fire behavior where fuels and wind are aligned with topography.

Western Tier Counties: In counties along the 100th Meridian OK/TX border will see temperatures 61-70 with afternoon relative humidity values 18% (Beaver/Harper Counties) – 24% (Harmon County). Fine-dead fuel moisture values will tap 5% briefly this afternoon facilitating receptive fine fuels. South-southwest winds 15-19 mph with gusts 23-32 mph will support head fire rates of spread 190-225 ft./min. in un-hayed/un-grazed grass-dominated fuels with flame lengths 12-14 ft.

Fire danger concerns are expected to subside this evening after sunset with improving fine-dead fuel moisture values. Relaxed fire danger concerns will be present across most of central and eastern Oklahoma with moist atmospheric conditions as a front stalls across the area. Fire danger will likely remain in place in the Panhandle and far western counties on Tuesday, although lighter wind speeds will reduce potential rates of fire spread. Precipitation chances return later in the week with opportunity statewide although wetting amounts are more likely in central and eastern portions of the state.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (01/13/20)

Refer to http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info for the most current burn ban information and links to specific burn ban proclamations.