Fire Situation Report – March 26, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/25/2019 thru 03/26/2019 

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 recorded on 03/25/2019 thru 03/26/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 30 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment) Gene Autry FD Reporting
  • Minimal Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

A dry day ahead although moderated fire danger is expected to continue.  Opportunity for development of isolated storms tomorrow in the Panhandle will be followed by very warm and dry conditions on Thursday pushing potential for a spike in fire danger especially in the western half of the Panhandle.  A dry line pushing into Oklahoma on Friday is pointing to elevated fire weather encouraging an increase in fire danger in parts of western Oklahoma focused in the southwestern counties.  The current expectation is increased initial attack activity, limited opportunity for large fire occurrence and low probability of significant fire occurrence given forecast composite fuel moisture values.
Today, excellent overnight moisture recovery and morning fog in areas will serve to delay drying of fine-dead fuels.  Temperatures across much of the state in the mid- to upper-60°’s with 70° along the Red River and afternoon relative humidity values 35-45% will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values 7-10% with some areas west registering 6% where skies are clear.  Light winds this morning will become southerly in the western half of Oklahoma sustained 12-20 mph with some gusts north of I-40 nearing 25 mph while the eastern half of the state retains light north winds shifting to the south late afternoon and evening.  Limited rates of fire spread facilitating ahigh probability of initial attack success can be expected today.
Stronger south winds on Wednesday north and west of the I-44 corridor will support increased rates of fire spread although offset by relative humidity values generally above 30% across the bulk of the area limiting criticality of fine-dead fuel moisture.  Of note, the western half of the Panhandle will see potential for isolated storms combined with afternoon relative humidity values as low as 20%.  Forecasted lightning activity level suggests limited potential for lightning ignitions in Cimarron County especially in the mesa country.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Thunderstorms that pass in the vicinity of an active fire have the potential produce strong, gusty outflow winds that often result in erratic fire behavior. Firefighters should monitor fire environment conditions for the build-up of cumulus clouds, changes in wind speed and direction, and changes in fire behavior.

Thunderstorms will produce outflow winds that generally intensify as a storm matures and will change the direction of fire movement as they pass. A storm passing directly over a fire may very likely prompt in increase in flame length and rate of spread in all directions.

Communicate changes in fire weather and behavior.

Insure that Escape Routes and Safety Zones are

Clearly identified.

Reinforce the anchor point and established control lines ahead of the storm arrival to diminish the potential of a blow-up.

Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.