Fire Situation Report – January 9, 2020


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 01/08/2020 thru 01/09/2020 

NE Area – 12 Fires Burned 511 Acres (10-Incendiary, 2-Escpaed Debris)

EC Area – 8 Fires Burned 222 Acres (8-Incendiary)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 32 Acres (3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Dogwood Trail Fire (Mayes County) – 250 Acres, 75% 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 01/08/2020 thru 01/09/2020 

  • Numerous Wildfires Occurred – Reporting Ongoing
  • 5 Fires Burned 812 Acres 
  • Laura Lynn Fire (Carter County) – 400 acres (est.), 75% Contained
  • Quanah Fire (Comanche County) – 210 acres, 60% Contained, 2 Residences & 3 Outbuildings Lost

Statewide Discussion: 

Fire activity intensified yesterday with numerous wildfires occurring across the state. Some large fire activity occurred although the beneficial presence of sky cover prevented the fire environment from tapping extreme conditions. Potential for initial attack activity remains across the western counties and Oklahoma Panhandle although the lack of alignment in fire weather elements will serve to downgrade fire danger today.

Today: Dry conditions remain in place across western Oklahoma although much lighter winds and improved relative humidity values will hamper wildfire potential today. The Gulf moisture pushing into the area has dramatically increased dew point temperatures overnight across much of the state with drizzle and some rain possible in eastern Oklahoma where low fire danger indices are expected.

Oklahoma Panhandle/Western Oklahoma: The highest fire danger indices today will be present along and west of a line from Woods County to Jackson County although not presenting near the wildlife potential experienced yesterday. Temperature will again be above normal with upper-50⁰’s in the Panhandle to near 70⁰ southwest with afternoon relative humidity values 19-30% yielding receptive fine-dead fuels in the 5-6% range. Winds will be much lighter limiting spread potential providing for very good initial attack opportunities. In the Panhandle and far northwest counties, a cold front edging into the area will prompt a shift from west to north while generally southwest winds will continue across the western counties. Nonetheless, wind speeds are expected to remain below 10 mph.

Increasing chances for a mixed bag of precipitation types will negate the fire danger threat in large part Friday into the weekend. Given the current forecast, no enhanced fire danger concerns are anticipated through the weekend or into the first part of next week.

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.