Fire Situation Report – October 22, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 10/21/2019 thru 10/22/2019 

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 10/20/2019 thru 10/21/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 200 (est.) Acres (Cause: Electrical) Beaver FD Reporting
  • Additional initial attack fires noted though informal reporting and media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Dry conditions persist today with more widespread fire danger indices in Oklahoma although much lighter wind speeds will limit rates of fire spread today. A cold front is forecast to move across Oklahoma Wednesday afternoon into Thursday pulling cooler temperatures in behind and another opportunity for precipitation. Those precipitation chances look best for locations in the eastern half of Oklahoma, along and south of I-44 west of I-35 and portions of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Nonetheless, downgraded fire danger expected statewide late week and into the weekend.

Today, temperatures will warm into the upper-60’s to mid-70’s with relative humidity values dipping below 30% at most locations in Oklahoma today. The highest fire danger indices will continue to dominate western Oklahoma where fuels have been subject to extended Fdrying. Fine-dead fuel moisture values will range from 4% far west to 7% in some eastern locations with 5-6% obs widespread. Rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels are expected to be less than 100 ft./min. facilitating good opportunity for successful initial attack efforts. Recent fires in western and Panhandle counties are requiring increased mop-up commitment to insure integrity of control lines indicative of extended drying.

Given current forecast data, the highest fire danger indices on Wednesday in the pre-frontal fire environment are expected to exist in west-central and southwestern Oklahoma where fire weather elements are expected to greatest during the peak of the burning period. Given the dynamics of this forecast, an updated Situation Report will be issued tomorrow.

Firefighter Safety Message: Mop-up and securing control lines is an integral part of successful firefighting. In fact, we often spend much more time committed to mop-up and patrol than we do suppressing active flaming fronts. The hazards associated with mop-up are numerous including fire environment hazards such as ash pits and burning snags. Human factors should be considered as well including fatigue, relaxed focus and loss of adrenaline. Firefighters are encouraged to review “Mop-Up – The Final Attack” issue of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series at

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate

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.