Fire Situation Report – May 29, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 05/18/18 thru 0800 05/29/18 

NE Area – No New Activity Reported

EC Area – No New Activity Reported

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • 75 Road Fire (Cimarron County) – 6,000 Acres (est), 98% Contained, National Guard Helicopter

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 05/18/18 thru 05/29/18 

7 Fires Burned 6,026 Acres (Cause: 2-Lightning, 3-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment, 1-Misc) 

Guymon, Weatherford and Cimarron County FD’s Reporting 

Statewide Discussion: 

Rains occurring over the last seven days have moderated wildfire concerns in some areas within the current Governor’s Burn Ban coverage; however a large fire did occur on Black Mesa in Cimarron County highlighting drought impacts on wildland fuels in the area.  The forecast holds hot temperatures this week as well as rain chances likely across the northern tier of counties with less likely chances south.  Unfortunately, severe weather potential will be present generally focused in northwest Oklahoma holding lightning ignition potential in place on the periphery of storms.  Live to dead fuel ratio is improving with moderation of fire potential realized.
The best opportunity for quality rainfall amounts this week will be present across northern Oklahoma including areas in the current burn ban.  Temperatures are expected to top 100° during the latter half of the week in southwest Oklahoma along with relative humidity values that will support fire activity with fine-dead fuel moisture values of 5%.  Live-herbaceous fuel moisture will serve to limit fire behavior and rates of fire spread are not expected to be problematic given moderate wind speeds excluding any fire impacted by outflow from a passing storm.

Burn Ban Status: The current Governor’s Burn Ban coverage is currently under review assessing the impacts from recent rain events. Please refer to the web link below for the most current information.

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info