Fire Situation Report – January 8, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 01/07/2019 thru 01/08/2019 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 23 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 1-Escpaed Control Burn)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 73.5 Acres (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: 1 Fire Burned 4 Acres

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/07/2019 thru 01/08/2019 

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

Statewide Discussion: 

A Red Flag Warning has been issued today for locations generally along and west of I-44. Above normal temperature, dry atmospheric conditions and strong, gusty winds over dormant vegetation will support active, wind-driven fire behavior on any new wildfire start. While fire danger will be highest this afternoon tapering off after nightfall, winds are expected to persist into the overnight hours. Moisture is forecasted to build across the area into Thursday although precipitation chances are generally confined to eastern Oklahoma. Better opportunities for moisture exist into the weekend with a rather dynamic weather forecast.

Today: Temperatures are expected to be approximately 15 above normal with afternoon relative humidity values in the upper-teens in the western Panhandle to around 30% east facilitating receptive fine fuels. Southerly winds will increase into the afternoon sustained 15-30 mph with higher gusts. New wildfires will likely exhibit wind-driven, rapid rates of spread. Wind direction is forecasted to remain consistent through the period with no significant winds shift altering spread direction. It is worth noting that fortunately some high cirrus clouds may limit winds from fully mixing to the surface and prevent fuel temperature from maxing out. Energy Release Component values suggest only moderate resistance to control, although potential for extreme rates of fire spread may result in fire suppression challenges. Nonetheless, the fire environment will support very active fire behavior today.

  • Oklahoma Panhandle/Northwest: Temperature 59-62 with afternoon relative humidity values 13-22% will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values 6-7% given the intrusion of high sky cover during the afternoon. Should skies clear, fuels may fall to 5%. South winds will peak this afternoon sustained 15-22 mph with some gusts near 30 mph. Rangeland fuels during peak burning conditions will support rates of spread 260-340 ft./min. (+/- 3 mph) and flame lengths 10-15ft.
  • Central/Western Oklahoma: Very high fire danger indices will develop by early afternoon as temperatures warm 59-66 and afternoon relative humidity values settle at 24-32%. Some sky cover may limit fine-dead fuel moisture from tapping critical values fuel will be very receptive at 6% across much of the area. Sustained south winds 23-28 mph gusting to near 40 mph west-central will facilitate rapid rates of fire spread and potential for short-range spotting. Grass fuels typical in the area will support rates of spread 260-390 ft./min/. (3.0-3.5 mph) on fires that become established with head fire flame lengths 15-18 ft. Grass/Shrub fuels will exhibit rates of spread 95-135 ft./min. with average flame lengths 12-15 ft.
  • Northern/Eastern Oklahoma: The decadent, native grasses in the northern part of the area have potential to exhibit extreme fire behavior today with temperatures this afternoon 59-64 and relative humidity values 24-30%. South winds this afternoon will peak mid- to late-afternoon 15-30 mph along with some higher gusts. Un-grazed/un-hayed grasses, especially north, will have potential to produce rates of spread 286-400 ft./min. (+/- 3.5 mph) with head fire flame lengths 17-23 ft. Timber fuel types will exhibit rates of spread 27-45 ft./min. with head fire flame lengths 6-9 ft. Increased fire behavior should be anticipated where fuels are aligned with slope and wind direction.

 Winds will somewhat decrease overnight although consistent south winds 8-20 mph with some higher gusts will persist. Atmospheric moisture will build in tonight with respectable overnight recovery facilitating very good opportunity to contain wildfires in the nighttime hours. Precipitation chances improve into Thursday in the eastern half and southern portions of Oklahoma. While the western counties will likely remain dry, somewhat improved relative humidity a diminished wind speeds will offer good opportunity for initial attack success.

Available Resources: Call (800) 800-2481

  • OFS Task Force – Guthrie (TFLD,3-Engines, 3-Dozers)
  • National Guard Helicopter 
  • OEM Activated in Support

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.