Fire Situation Report – November 4, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 10/23/2019 thru 11/04/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 2 Fire Burned 1.2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escsped Debris)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 84.2 Acres (Cause: 5-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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 10/23/2019 thru 11/04/2019 

  • 3 Fires Burned 63 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 1-Debris) Guymon & Roosevelt FD’s Reporting
  • Additional initial attack fires noted though informal reporting and media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Fire danger concerns are likely to be moderated again this week with a couple of cold fronts set to move into Oklahoma. The first one will ease into northern Oklahoma today, and while precipitation chances are negligible relative humidity values will likely prevent fine-dead fuels from tapping concerning values. A second, much stronger, system will push into the Oklahoma Panhandle on Wednesday moving southeast into Thursday bringing potential for wetting rains across much of the state. With Energy Release Component (ERC-G) values being pushed back, initial attack efforts are expected to be successful.

Today, light winds this morning will become north to northeast 8-15 mph generally along and west of I-44 while light southerly winds are expected southeast. Relative humidity values are expected to remain well above concerning values with most of the state expected to register 36-50+%. Rangeland fuels have been subjected to repeated freeze events thrusting much of the herbaceous fuel load into dormancy thus increasing available fuel loading. Nonetheless, elevated relative humidity values and light/moderate winds will serve to limit fire behavior offering good opportunity for initial attack efforts.

 Tuesday will also offer improved relative humidity values limiting fine-dead fuel moisture as well. Light winds speeds will serve to moderate potential rates of fire spread. Initial attack activity is expected to be minimal and new fires should exhibit little resistance to control.

The frontal passage entering Oklahoma Wednesday moving through Oklahoma into Wednesday is currently forecast to deliver good opportunity for wetting rains across a large portion of Oklahoma. Wildfire activity through the remainder of the week is expected to be minimal. Another, frontal passage is expected late in the weekend/early next week again setting back fire danger.

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.