Fire Situation Report – March 4, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 02/25/2019 thru 03/04/2019 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 71.3 Acres (4-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 15 Fires Burned 118.6 Acres (15-Incendiary)

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 02/25/2019 thru 03/04/2019 

  • 3 Fires Burned 24 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.) Newcastle & Gene Autry FD’s Reporting

Statewide Discussion: 

No significant fire activity anticipated through the workweek although very low dew point temperatures will result in afternoon relative humidity values below 30% in several locations prompting receptive dormant grass fuels especially south of I-40 and west of I-35 through the first half of the week.  Some initial attack activity is expected, although resistance to suppression is expected to be minimal.
Monday / Tuesday:  Cold temperatures and lingering sky cover will limit grass fuels from becoming overly receptive in areas where little/or no snow accumulation.  Given the dry atmospheric conditions, snow cover may rapidly diminish through sublimation.  Northerly winds sustained around 10 mph will limit fire spread potential. New fire occurrence is expected to be very minimal.
Wednesday: Temperatures ‘warming’ into the upper 40°’s to low 50°’s and relative humidity values in the 30-40% range will aid the continued drying of fuels.  Fine-dead fuel moisture values tapping 6% in the southwestern quarter of the state where the driest conditions are present will be in alignment with south winds 10-20 mph gusting 25-29 mph supporting a brief period of elevated fire danger during the afternoon and potential for moderate rates of fire spread.  No significant fire occurrence expected.
Another cold front is expected to move across Oklahoma on Thursday with limited precipitation chances.  Evaluation of fire weather and fuels will be warranted again later this week given the opportunity for dryline intrusion on Saturday.
Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.