Fire Situation Report – May 2, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 05/01/18 thru 0800 05/02/18 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 60 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 3.2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity Reported

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 05/01/18 thru 05/02/18 

  • Beagley Fire (Creek County) – 810 Acres/ Incendiary / Jennings FD Reporting

Statewide Discussion: 

The obvious attention will be given to severe weather potential in Oklahoma this afternoon and overnight into tomorrow; however a Red Flag Warning is in effect again today for Cimarron and Texas Counties from Noon through 10:00 PM.  East of the dry line, no significant fire danger anticipated and new fires should not present overwhelming challenge.  
Today:  During the peak of the burning period today in the western two-thirds of the Oklahoma Panhandle, temperatures will push into the 82°-86° range with relative humidity values on the west side of the dry line near 10% driving fine-dead fuel moisture values to 3% with some 2% observations likely.  Stalled green up and continued low live-woody fuel moisture values will support active fire behavior including single/group tree torching of the pinyon pine and juniper in the western Oklahoma Panhandle.  South winds this afternoon 15-19 mph with potential for gusts 30+ mph will encourage rapid rates of fire spread nearing 200 ft/min (2+ mph) at the head fire with flame length 8-10 ft. 
Tomorrow:  Elevated to near critical fire weather indices will remain in place in the Oklahoma Panhandle.  In that area, temperatures will be a bit cooler, but relative humidity values will again be in critical value.  With the ejection of the storm systems to the east, winds will be west through the early burning period but then shifting to the northwest in the late afternoon sustained 13-17 with higher gusts.
 An additional concern tomorrow will be very warm and dry conditions across western Oklahoma during the afternoon hours (generally outlined by the current Governor’s Burn Ban).  The potential for new fire starts due to lightning holdovers should be considered especially if rainfall amounts are lack luster.  Again, stalled green up in warm season dominated fuels and lagging live-woody fuel moisture values will support lightning holdover for a few days following storm passage.

Burn Ban Status:

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info