Fire Situation Report – March 29, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/28/2019 thru 03/29/2019 

NE Area – 6 Fires Burned 947 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 149.4 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Powerline Fire (Sequoyah County) – 104 Acres est., 80% Contained
  • Promise Land Fire (Adair County) – 600 Acres est., 80% Contained
  • Gaylord Road Fire (Pittsburg County) – 347 Acres, 95% Contained
  • Blue Creek Fire (Pittsburg County) – 100 Acres, 95% Contained
  • Hoag Fire (Pittsburg County) – 135 Acres, 95% 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 03/28/2019 thru 03/29/2019 

  • No New Activity Reported

Cooper Fire (Woodward County) – 350 Est. Acres, 100% Contained

Statewide Discussion: 

A cold front working through the state today will bring rain chances and cooler temperatures calming fire danger once again. Areal coverage of precipitation through tonight is not overly impressive but wetting amounts will occur where storms develop. Rain may linger into Saturday morning especially across eastern Oklahoma, with post-frontal winds picking up in west and central Oklahoma. Cooler temperatures and improved afternoon relative humidity values are expected to offset development of concerning fire danger.

Today, storms moving east through parts of central into northeastern Oklahoma are delivering a fair amount of lightning but with adequate rain reaching the surface presenting little threat of lightning ignited wildfires. A cold front, presently in northwest Oklahoma, will continue to shift southeast through the state bringing northerly winds and cooler temperatures. Persistent sky cover and elevated relative humidity values will limit fine fuels in the dry areas from becoming concerning today. Rain chances expand across Oklahoma this evening with the best opportunity for wetting rains in eastern Oklahoma.

Rains will push east Saturday with the majority of the state experiencing little min the way of fire danger. Should precipitation not be realized in southwest Oklahoma, limited fire danger will be present as post-frontal north winds sustained 20-25 with some gusts exceeding 30 mph are in the forecast. Cooler temperatures 49°-55° under clearing skies and afternoon relative humidity values 37-44% will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values of 7% potentially. Rates of fire spread are not expected to pose significant suppression challenges although some erratic fire behavior should be anticipated.

Drier conditions expected Sunday although light northeast winds and temperatures in the 50°’s will limit both fuel drying and rates of fire spread where fuels are receptive.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.