Fire Situation Report – November 15, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 11/11/2019 thru 11/15/2019 

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 11/11/2019 thru 11/15/2019 

  • 2 Fires Burned 51 Acres (Cause: 2-Misc., 1-Equipment)
  • Numerous initial attack fires noted though informal reporting and media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Predominantly dry conditions and slightly warming temperatures will hold moderate fire danger indices in place during the afternoon hours across much Oklahoma through the weekend. No critical fire weather is in the near-term forecast although initial attack activity potential will be present each afternoon.

Today: Relative humidity values this afternoon will fall below 30% in the western tier of counties as well as the Oklahoma Panhandle where observations of 18-23% are likely. 30-40% observations across central and eastern Oklahoma today. Fuels will be receptive for a brief period this afternoon as temperatures warm into the upper 50’s across much of the state with temperatures nearing 70 in the Panhandle counties. Southerly winds in the western third of the state will increase through the day to 10-18 mph with some gusts in excess of 20 mph while winds in eastern counties are expected to be light and variable. Fire behavior is not expected to present much in the way of suppression challenges although it should be noted that low-lying soils in eastern Oklahoma are saturated limiting engine access in some areas.

Saturday: Respectable overnight moisture recovery will serve to contain moderate fire danger to the afternoon hours. Again, relative humidity values will dip below 30% in the western tier and Panhandle counties with observations near or just below 15% in the western Panhandle. In the western half of the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwest winds sustained 10-12 mph gusting near 20 mph will support active flaming fronts. Although no critical fine-dead fuel moisture values are expected in the main body of Oklahoma, gusty south winds (especially over the dry southwest) will push rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels nearing 200 ft./min. during the peak of the burning period. 

Sunday: A frontal boundary will bring north winds although temperatures are not expected to drop. On the backside of the boundary, the north winds will shift back to the southwest during the afternoon and evening hours although wind speeds are not expected to be problematic. Additionally, relative humidity values above critical values will aid in holding fine-dead fuel moisture values above the troublesome level.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans currently in effect.

Refer to http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info for the most current burn ban information and links to specific burn ban proclamations.