Fire Situation Report – January 7, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 12/24/2018 thru 01/07/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity 

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 3 Acres (Cause: 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 recorded on 12/24/2018 thru 01/07/2019 

2 Fires Burned 140 Acres (Arnett & Newcastle FD’s Reporting)

Additional Initial Attack Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

A rather soggy start to the new year has suppressed fire danger holing initial attack activity in the light category. Above normal temperatures in recent days combined with drier atmospheric moisture facilitated drying of grass dominated fuels facilitating a handful of new fires primarily in the northwestern counties with some occurrence elsewherealthough resistance to suppression was minimal.

Fire danger through the week will be greatest in the Panhandle and northwestern counties where relative humidity values will fall into the 20-29% range during the afternoon hours through Wednesday. Good overnight moisture recovery is expected each evening compressing fire danger concerns to a shortened window in the afternoon with good probability of successful initial attack. Improving atmospheric moisture mid-week will set back fire danger.

Saturated soils in much of the state may impede direct attack with engines and wheeled equipment. Firefighting personnel may be required to utilize existing natural or manmade breaks in the fire environment including roads, creeks and fuel changes in their suppression strategy. Timber and heavier brush fuels will yield reduced fire behavior facilitating handline construction success.

With the current forecast through the week, rain chances return late week for a good portion of the state with best opportunity south and southeast. Nonetheless, fire danger will be reduced statewide later in the week with atmospheric moisture returning. The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will occur Monday, January 14 unless fire danger expectations or fire weather forecast changes significantly.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.


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