Fire Situation Report – May 1, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/30/18 thru 0800 05/01/18 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 75 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity Reported

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 112 Acres (Cause: 2-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 04/30/18 thru 05/01/18 

  • No New Activity Reported - fire activity noted via media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

The Fire Weather Watch issued yesterday for Cimarron and Texas Counties has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 1:00 PM through 9:00 PM today.  Critical fire weather will be present west of the dry line with chances of storms this afternoon immediately east.  Fire activity noted yesterday is a testament to the state of the fuels across Oklahoma.  Large diameter dead fuels remain very dry, live woody moisture is still lagging in many areas and green up remains stalled in areas of northern and much of western Oklahoma.
Today:  Overnight moisture recovery will quickly erode in the Warned area across the Panhandle west of the dry line as temperatures warm to 84°-88° this afternoon and relative humidity values drop below 10%.  Southwest winds this morning will transition to southerly during the peak of the burning period increasing to sustained winds 20-30 mph with gusts in excess of 35 mph.  Much of the area has moved to ten days separation from wetting rains and the amounts have been meager stalling responsive green up.  Fine-dead fuel moisture values may hit 2% this afternoon facilitating very rapid rates of fire spread in contiguous fine fuels.  Very-high fire danger indices will likely be realized in Beaver County as well today especially if the dry line shifts further east than currently forecast.
Elsewhere, elevated dew point temperatures and 75% sky cover will limit relative humidity values from dipping as low as they did yesterday with much of the state realizing observations greater than 45%.  New fire occurrence will be limited by elevated fine-dead fuel moisture and initial attack activity is expected to be successful.
Tomorrow:  The weather focus will be more on severe weather potential in the afternoon and overnight hours; however the Panhandle counties are likely to remain dry.  No critical fire weather is expected.  The best opportunity for wetting rains will occur Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

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