Fire Situation Report – March 28, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/27/2019 thru 03/28/2019 

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 198 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 587 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Gaylord Road Fire (Pittsburg County) – 347 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Blue Creek Fire (Pittsburg County) – 100 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Hoag Fire (Pittsburg County) – 135 Acres, 80% Contained

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

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 740 Acres w/USFS 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/27/2019 thru 03/28/2019 

  • 3 Fires Burned 351.5 (Cause: 1-Lightning, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.) Eldorado & Ft. Supply FD’s Reporting

Cooper Fire (Woodward County) – 350 Est. Acres, 75% Contained

  • Additional activity noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

A few isolated storms yesterday moved across northern Oklahoma as well as southwestern Oklahoma although precipitation amounts were negligible with a storm in the northwest producing lightning ignitions. No significant wildfire activity is expected today although with very dry air in the Panhandle, gusty south winds across much of the state and potential for additional lightning ignitions possible in parts of northern Oklahoma as a few storms pass this morning, initial attack activity is expected to continue. Fuels will quickly lose receptiveness early this evening as some rain chances develop.

North-Eastern / Eastern Oklahoma: There is a chance for a passing shower this morning in northern Oklahoma, although light to moderate initial attack activity is expected as temperatures warm into the mid- to upper-70°’s and relative humidity values this afternoon register 30-40%. Sky cover is expected to linger providing some fuel shading halting fine-dead fuel moisture values from tapping critical values with 7-8% observations likely and some 6% observations during peak heating and where skies clear. South winds sustained 12-19 mph with gusts near 30 mph this afternoon yield active fire behavior in homogenous grass dominated. Established fires in native grasses will potentially exhibit forward rates of spread 115-1175 ft./min. with head fire flame lengths 10-13 ft.

Oklahoma Panhandle: Very dry air will ease into the western half of the Panhandle resulting in receptive fine fuels this afternoon; however light winds will serve to limit fire spread potential. Temperature this afternoon will warm to near 80° with relative humidity values during peak heating 11-20% driving fine-dead fuel moisture values down to 3%. Winds will gradually shift from southwest this morning to northwest this afternoon sustained around 10 mph becoming light by late afternoon.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, moderate relative humidity values this afternoon 32-50% will serve to hold fine-dead fuel moisture values above critical thresholds despite temperatures 75°-80° during the dormant season. Winds will pick up this afternoon sustained 15-20 with gusts 25-30. Fires that become established will potentially exhibit rapid rates of fire spread; however little resistance to fire suppression efforts is expected. Again, fine fuels are expected to recover quickly this evening clipping the burn period short.

The best opportunity for precipitation overnight and on Friday lies in northeastern Oklahoma although chances do extend across much of the state. Nonetheless, reduced fire danger is expected Friday.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.