Fire Situation Report – January 28, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 01/21/2019 thru 01/28/2019  

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area –  No New Activity

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/21/2019 thru 01/28/2019 

  • 4 Fire Burned 106 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Debris,1-Equipment, 1-Electrical)

Guymon, Jennings, Tecumseh & Roosevelt FD’s Reporting

  • Additional Initial Attack Activity via media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Building separation from wetting rains, warm temperatures and clear skies over the weekend resulted in an uptick in initial attack activity although resistance to fire suppression efforts remains low. A cold front passing today will facilitate cooler temperatures into Wednesday followed by another warming trend into the weekend. Below average initial attack activity is expected statewide with continued successful initial attack expected.

Stout north winds sustained 18-24 mph with gusts near 30 mph are expected today along and west of I-44. Opportunity for some barely measurable moisture does exist focused in northern Oklahoma that will serve as one of the fuel moisture offsets for the day along with sky cover and modest relative humidity values. Firefighters should expect erratic wind-driven fire runs this afternoon although fuel moisture profiles should support relative ease of suppression. The highest fire danger today will reside in the southwest quadrant of the state where fine-dead fuel moisture will briefly tap 6-7%. Winds are expected to subside with sunset.

Tomorrow, in the post-frontal environment, unsheltered fine-fuels are expected to be receptive statewide with clear skies and relative humidity values in the mid-20% - mid-30% range although the active burning period will be confined to only a few hours in the afternoon rapidly diminishing with sunset. During that brief afternoon period, winds will generally be westerly and light with limited gusts resulting in nominal fire growth potential facilitating good initial attack success probability.

Progressing through the remainder of the week, it is expected that temperatures will warm from a very cold Wednesday into the weekend although no significant increase in fire danger is expected. Active burning periods are expected to remain confined to a few hours each afternoon with good overnight moisture recovery limiting development of extended periods of fine fuel availability.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Wet conditions through the early part of January have resulted in saturated soils in many areas of the state rendering numerous challenges and safety concerns when firefighters are engaged in mobile engine attack. Numerous departments have reported accessibility issues along with engines becoming stuck in soft ground. Firefighters are encouraged to scout access prior to committing engines on the fireline, attack from the black to insure that vehicles do not become stuck in unburned fuels and anchor fires at the heel progressing on the flanks toward the head. If values at risk are threatened, consider establishing point protection tactics insuring egress and escape routes to safety zones are established.

To facilitate a quick and meaningful training discussion, firefighters can refer to the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate series, Engine Tactics edition at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate .

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info