Fire Situation Report – March 13, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/12/2019 thru 03/13/2019 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

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 03/12/2019 thru 03/13/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Rain has moved out of western Oklahoma progressing through the state thankfully delivering wetting rains of +/- 1.00” in most locations. In the wake of this system, a dry line will push into Oklahoma coupled with very strong winds facilitating the drying of grass fuels.  Dormant grass fuels in western counties are expected to be only moderately receptive, although numerous sources of ignition will likely be present.  Fire suppression is likely to be challenging given surface soil moisture limiting access by engines and equipment should fires occur.
Today:  Winds will be very strong across the state.  With regard to development of fire danger, the concern will primarily be present in the western third of Oklahoma where drying conditions will be aligned with the strongest surface winds.  Relative humidity values will drop steadily into the late afternoon hours settling in the 25-30% range with temperatures in the upper-60°s to low-70°’s.  Fine dead fuels will be moderately receptive although dense grass stands with thatch build-up are not expected to dry completely in the lower levels.  Nonetheless, southwest winds in the western third of the state are forecast to increase through the day sustained 30-45 mph with gusts 60-65 mph.  Fires in moderate load grass fuels will exhibit erratic fire behavior including potential for wind-driven runs.  Winds will relax to some extent overnight although maintain sustained speeds around 20 mph in the western half of the state as they become westerly.
Thursday:  The highest fire danger indices will remain in the western third of the state.  Temperatures will be cooler across this area in the mid-40°’s northwest to upper-50°’s south and afternoon relative humidity values 28-35% facilitating continued drying of dormant grass fuels.  Northwest winds sustained 25-30 mph with gusts around 40 mph will drive potential for moderate rates of fire spread in dormant grass fuels.  Timber and brush fuels should continue to serve as barriers to fire spread.
Resources:    Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481
– OFS Task Forces (Woodward/Weatherford/Lawton)
Special Note to Firefighters:
Saturated soils will render numerous challenges and safety concerns when firefighters are engaged in mobile engine attack.  Firefighters are encouraged to scout access prior to committing engines on the fireline, attack from the black to insure that vehicles do not become stuck in unburned fuels and anchor fires at the heel progressing on the flanks toward the head.  If values at risk are threatened, consider establishing point protection tactics insuring egress and escape routes to safety zones are established.  
To facilitate a quick and meaningful training discussion, firefighters can refer to the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate series, Engine Tactics edition at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate
 Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.