Fire Situation Report – October 14, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 10/11/2019 thru 10/14/2019 

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 09/10/2019 thru 10/14/2019 

  • 5 Fires Burned 133Acres (Cause: 2-Equipment, 2-Debris, 1-Incendiary)
  • Roosevelt, Guymon & Gene Autry FD’s Reporting
  • Additional initial attack fires noted though informal reporting and media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

An early freeze occurred across a large portion of Oklahoma coupled with the waning growing season prompting warm season grasses to transition toward dormancy. Low dew point temperatures on Saturday facilitated relative humidity values observations in the teens across the western half of the state with mid-20% observations through the eastern half resulting in very dry fine-dead fuel moisture values accelerating drying conditions. While no significant wildfire danger is expected in the coming days, fuels are expected to become increasingly available with focus on unsheltered / warm season grasses.

A couple of weather systems are expected this week that will serve to increase dewpoint temperatures limiting afternoon relative humidity values from tapping troublesome thresholds except for portions of far western Oklahoma. Rain chances ahead of a cold front are possible this evening and into tomorrow ahead of a cold front with the best opportunities in southeastern counties. Later in the week a trough will again bring an opportunity for rainfall favoring southeastern Oklahoma.

The highest fire danger indices this week will reside in the Oklahoma Panhandle, northwestern Oklahoma and the western tier of counties where dry conditions will likely persist and increasing fuel availability exist. Initial attack expectations remain good. Fine fuels will be driest today although wind speeds will limit rates of spread. Winds will be strongest tomorrow associated with the frontal passage with gusty winds remaining into late week. Established fires in fuels typical of the area will exhibit rates of spread at the head fire ranging from 120-180 ft./min. with 220 ft./min. possible where fuels wind and topography are aligned. Flame lengths averaging 9-15 ft. should be expected. Again, these estimates are for head fire observations on established fires.

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans curently 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.