Fire Situation Report – July 15, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services


NE Area – 119 Fires Burned 5,609 Acres

EC Area – 49 Fires Burned 3,073 Acres

SE Area – 79 Fires 3,073 Acres

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: YTD 2019 50 Fires Burned 5,910 Acres

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: YTD 2019 12 Rx Fires Treating 12,715 Acres

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/29/2019 thru 07/15/2019 

  • Minimal wildfire activity reported.

Statewide Discussion: 

Hot and dry conditions are expected to dominate the weather outlook for this week across the majority Oklahoma with a slight uptick in fire danger expected by mid-week as temperatures near or eclipse 100⁰ in some areas and unsheltered, fine fuels dry out. Tropical Storm Barry holds lingering, light precipitation chances in southeastern Oklahoma and in some of the eastern counties although wetting rains are likely to remain further east into Arkansas.

Fire behavior should remain rather subdued with the current fire environment parameters: however incident responders need to remain keenly aware of the potential for heat-related illness and be prepared by both keeping hydrated and reviewing the signs and symptoms of heat distress.

Fire Behavior: There are currently several advantages in the fire environment that will limit fire behavior in the dominant fuel types across Oklahoma: 1) Adequate live fuel moisture in both herbaceous and woody categories will serve to retard flame length and rates of fires spread. 2) Current Keetch-Byram Drought Index values will increase as we progress through the week, but no significant changes in live fuel moisture are expected. 3) Timbered fuel types, especially hardwood dominated timber, have shading limiting sunlight from warming surface fuels and sheltering limiting mid-flame windspeeds and subsequent rates of fire spread. 4) Overnight moisture recovery is forecast to very good further limiting fire behavior in the nighttime hours as fine-fuels approach moisture of extinction.

In general, initial attack activity is expected to be fully successful barring very difficult access issues. South winds are expected to be a factor working in conjunction with daytime heating and relative humidity values dipping into the upper 20% range (western OK) Wednesday through the remainder of the work week along with afternoon. Again, fire behavior is expected to be moderated by those factors identified above.

Hydration/Heat Illness: Firefighters and incident responders are encouraged to take a few minutes to review the following “6 Minutes for Safety” topics discussing Hydration/Dehydration and below developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. The key is to remain hydrated in preparation for potential wildfire activity and the arduous work that is associated.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.