Fire Situation Report – March 19, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/18/2019 thru 03/19/2019 

NE Area – 6 Fires Burned 451 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Controlled Burn)

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 225.5 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Starkiller Fire (Sequoyah County) – 250 acres est., 75% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • Ball BBQ Fire (Pittsburg County) – 200 acres est., 75% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/18/2019 thru 03/19/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 100 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc) Woodward FD Reporting

41 Fire (Woodward County) – 100 acres est., 60% Contained

  • Additional Wildfire activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Increasing fire danger expected today ahead of a weak cold front.  While the front does bring some chance of precipitation, amounts are expected to be light as the system moves across the state from the northwest through the evening into the morning hours.  A better opportunity for wetting rains begins Friday persisting through the weekend.
Elevated fire danger persists today in the eastern half of Oklahoma as well as areas south of I-40 in western Oklahoma while increasing sky cover in northwestern counties should limit fine fuels from becoming overly receptive.  The highest fire danger today will develop within a broad swath along the I-44 corridor.  Unlike recent days, southwest winds be stronger sustained 12-17 mph along with some higher gusts in this area.  Temperatures will warm into the upper-60°’s and low-70°’s along with minimal sky cover and afternoon relative humidity values 22-30% delivering receptive fine fuels in the 5-6% range.  
Grass dominated fuels will support moderate rates of fire spread 85-180 ft./min. coupled with head fire flame lengths 9-13 ft.  Expect quicker runs where contiguous fine fuels and topography  are aligned with winds.
Timber-litter fuels have experienced drying and will support active fire behavior in most locations with rates of spread 10-20 ft./min. with flame lengths 2.5 – 4 ft.
On Wednesday, cooler temperatures, north wind around 10 mph and somewhat improved atmospheric moisture will deliver downgraded fire danger. Again, the weak cold front may bring some rain although amounts are expected to be light.   Given the current forecast, expect moderate fire danger to redevelop across northwestern and portions of western Oklahoma.  Fuels resistance to suppression is expected to remain minimal continuing the positive trend of successful initial attack.
Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.