Fire Situation Report – May 7, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 05/03/18 thru 0800 05/07/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

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 05/03/18 thru 05/07/18 

  • No New Activity Reported – Some fire activity noted through media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Hot and dry conditions, increasing separation from wetting rains and lagging herbaceous fuel moisture improvement all point to persistent fire danger at several locations in western Oklahoma.  Upper 80°’s and 90°’s through the week and only 20% chance of rains on Tuesday will force continued vigilance monitoring fire danger.
Elevated fire weather conditions will develop in western Oklahoma this afternoon with focus on the southwestern counties.  Sustained wind speeds holding just below 20 mph will likely hold conditions beneath warning criteria.  The handful of counties west of a line from Beckham County to Jackson County will see temperatures near 96° and afternoon relative humidity values 12-14%.  Fine-dead fuels will be very receptive with values of 3% this afternoon and stalled live-herbaceous moisture values visible with green-up will not serve as an overwhelming deterrent to fire behavior.  South winds around 15 mph with some gusts in excess 20 mph will prompt moderate rates of fire spread in fine fuels.
Temperatures across the state will climb into the upper 80°’s and 90°’s today with south winds 5-10 mph.  Relative humidity values will range from 12% in the furthest west to the upper 39% along the Arkansas border.  Live fuel moisture values will limit fuel availability in all of central and eastern Oklahoma, and new fires that do occur should be readily contained during initial attack.
Through the week, fire moderate to high fire danger will develop each afternoon in western Oklahoma with emphasis on the western tier, northwest and Panhandle counties – especially those areas where rainfall has missed in large part and herbaceous fuel moisture has not made the seasonal rebound.  Afternoon highs in the upper 80°’s and 90°’s with relative humidity values falling below 30% in the western counties will encourage receptive fuels.  While some erratic fire behavior should be anticipated in areas where green up has not developed, initial attack fire suppression efforts should be successful in large part.  Green up and leaf-out across all of central and eastern Oklahoma will limit fuel availability narrowing the opportunity for fires to present overwhelming challenge.
The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be issued on Monday, May 14, 2018 unless fire danger and/or fire occurrence merits otherwise.

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