Fire Situation Report – March 25, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/22/2019 thru 03/25/2019 

NE Area – 7 Fires Burned 58 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 376 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 198.5 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

Yanush North Fire (Latimer County) – 320 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: No New Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/22/2019 thru 03/25/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Minimal Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Rains over the weekend served to reset the buildup of fire danger typically expected during this period with all but far southwestern and portions of south-central Oklahoma receiving wetting rains.  No significant fire danger expected in the next few days although winds begin to pick up along with warming temperatures facilitating drying of fuels.  A quick glance at the forecast information through the week points to building fire danger in the Panhandle and some areas of western Oklahoma with specific focus on Friday.  Nonetheless, the weekend moisture and warming temperatures through the week will spur some green up in open areas across eastern and central Oklahoma.
Storms in eastern Oklahoma and light rain in the Panhandle overnight combined with very good moisture last night statewide will serve to stall significant drying of fine fuels today.  Temperatures ranging from the mid-50°’s north to 69° along the Red River and relative humidity values in excess of 35% at most locations will limit fine-dead fuel availability.  Additionally, persistent sky cover in some locations will further limit fuel potential today.  Winds will remain northerly sustained 8-15 mph excluding the western Panhandle where a return to southerly flow resumes.  Stronger drying conditions in the western Panhandle this afternoon will be offset by precipitation overnight and through the weekend.  
Drying conditions are expected to continue Tuesday although no significant fire potential anticipated.  Again, we will monitor the potential for elevated fire danger conditions in southwestern Oklahoma as well as the Panhandle through the week.
Firefighter Safety:
A recurring safety concern this year has been firefighting engines and equipment becoming stuck in wet ground.  Firefighters are encouraged to consider the following:
When engaged in direct attack tactics:
Scout the fireline ahead of engines and equipment.
Attack from the black anchoring the fire with a barrier to fire spread flanking the fire toward the head.
Avoid frontal assault and situations where unburned fuel is between you and the fire.
When engaged in indirect tactics:
Utilize barriers to fire spread such as green wheat fields, bodies of water, roads or areas devoid of fuel.
Burn out intervening fuels commensurate with training and placement of holding resources.
Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.