Fire Situation Report – January 6, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 12/30/2019 thru 01/06/2019 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 71.8 Acres (3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fires Burned 63 Acres (1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 4.1 Acres (2-Incendiary)

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 12/30/2019 thru 01/06/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Initial attack fire activity noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

Drying conditions through the previous week have resulted in Energy Release Component values increasing to values pointing to moderate resistance to control. Fire weather – specifically wind speed - is also expected to intensify through Wednesday ahead of a trough is likely to deliver some moisture late in the week. While new wildfires are not expected to exhibit undue resistance to control, rates of fire spread in dormant fin fuels may be impressive.

Today: Western Oklahoma - The highest fire danger today will reside in the western third of Oklahoma including the Oklahoma Panhandle although fire moderate fire danger indices are expected across the state. In the western third, temperatures 50-60 with relative humidity values as low as 14% in Cimarron County and 18-27% across much of the area under clear skies will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values of 5% broadly with 4% in the western edge of the Panhandle. A frontal boundary this morning will result in northwest winds this afternoon during peak burning conditions sustained 14-20 mph gusting 20-30 mph. Rangeland fuels will exhibit rapid rates of fire spread on established fires 250-345 ft./min. ( 2.8-3.9 mph) with head fire flame lengths 14-17 ft. Central/Eastern Oklahoma - Fire behavior in central and eastern Oklahoma will not be quite as intense, although moderate to rapid rates of fire spread should be anticipated as fine-dead fuel moisture taps 6-7% pushed by northwest winds 5-15 mph. Grass dominated fuels will exhibit rates of spread 120-180 ft./min and head fire flame lengths 10-12 ft. Mixed fuels (grass/brush) are expected to produce rates of spread 45-65 ft./min with a average flame lengths 7-12 ft. Firefighters should expect single-tree and group-tree torching although spotting distance is rather limited. 

Winds will switch back to southerly for Tuesday and Wednesday. Afternoon relative humidity values are expected to dip below 30% statewide on Tuesday. Although winds will be slightly less intense, rapid rates of spread should be anticipated in grass-dominated rangeland fuels. Winds are expected to intensify on Wednesday although anticipated sky cover may somewhat suppress the fire environment. The Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be updated daily through Wednesday.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas County (01/13/19)

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