Fire Situation Report – March 18, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/15/2019 thru 03/18/2019 

NE Area – 15 Fires Burned 326.5 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Debris, 3 Escaped Controlled Burn)

EC Area – 5 Fires Burned 88 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 6 Fires Burned 112.1 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

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: 3 Rx Fires Treating 3,159 Acres 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/15/2019 thru 03/18/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Additional Wildfire activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Dry conditions through the weekend coupled with abundant sunshine provided opportunity for rapid drying of dormant grasses resulting in and uptick in initial attack activity as well as numerous prescribed fires and controlled burns.  Similar conditions are expected today although not quite as dry, but winds remain calm throttling back potential rates of fire spread.  Upper level soil moisture continues to be a limiting factor for engine access.
Today:  Respectable overnight moisture recovery is expected to erode rapidly today as temperatures warm into the low-60°’s north to upper-60°’s south and relative humidity values range from 22% southwest to 36% northeast.  Expect dormant grass fuels to again be very receptive in the afternoon with fine-dead fuel moisture values settling at 5-7%.  A weak cold front edging into Oklahoma this morning driving some northerly winds in the northern counties will shift into Kansas facilitating light winds this afternoon.  Southerly winds 5-12 mph will develop this afternoon in western Oklahoma while light and variable is more the expectation elsewhere.  Rates of fire spread will be very manageable with contiguous grass fuels exhibiting maximum rates of spread less than 100 ft./min. except where slope driven runs have potential.
Tuesday will be primarily dry through the day with some rain chances developing in the evening although amounts and coverage are limited.  Limited fire danger will develop primarily south of the I-44 corridor where minimal sky cover and temperatures in the mid- to upper 60°’s combined with afternoon relative humidity values 30-40% will support continued fine fuel receptiveness.  Moderate rates of fire spread can be expected with south winds 7-15 mph.  Minimal resistance to suppression efforts expected.
No significant fire potential expected through the week with generally light winds ahead of improving chances of moisture into the weekend.
Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.