Fire Situation Report – September 10, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 08/19/2019 thru 09/10/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 112 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Control Burn, 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 33 Fires Burned 1,386.3 Acres (Cause: 24-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris, 3-Equipment, 1-Lightning)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Wildhorse Moutain #2 Fire (Pushmataha County) – 185 Acres, 40% Contained
  • Landing Strip Fire (Pushmataha County) – 530 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Fish Creek Fire (Pushmataha County) – 502 Acres, 90% Contained
  • Cush Branch Fire (Pushmataha County – 120 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Caney Mountain Trail Fire, Pushmataha County – 575 Acres, 100% Contained 

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 08/19/2019 thru 09/10/2019 

  • 6 Fires Burned 1,972 Acres (Cause: 3-Lightning, 2-Debris, 1-Equipment)
  • Roosevelt, Sooner, Gene Autry, & Guymon Reporting
  • Numerous additional initial attack fires noted though informal reporting and media outlets
  • Clawson Fire (Texas County) – 1,080 acres, 100% Contained
  • Hitch Fire (Texas County) – 880 acres, 100% Contained

Statewide Discussion: 

Rain chances today in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern counties are expected to temper fire danger in the area. While lightning activity level is expected to be somewhat moderated from recent storm systems, lightning ignited fires cannot be ruled out. Slightly cooler temperatures and increased sky cover over the drier portions of southwestern Oklahoma will relax the probability of ignition although very dry, drought-stressed fuels remain available. In southeastern Oklahoma, where persistent fire danger has resulted in a handful of large fires proving difficult to contain, slightly cooler temperatures and improved atmospheric moisture will serve to compress the active burning period today. In this area, any fire that does become established is likely to exhibit problematic, and potentially extreme fire behavior especially in the pine/grass dominated fuels.

Southeastern Oklahoma – Temperatures 90⁰-95⁰ and afternoon relative humidity values 36-44% will support moderately receptive fine fuels. It should be noted that those very dry areas in Pushmataha and Choctaw Counties are suffering through low composite fuel moisture and any new fire that becomes established is likely to exhibit problematic and potentially extreme fire behavior including single/group tree torching and short crown runs. Southerly winds generally 5-12 mph will support rates of fire spread 25-60 ft./min. with surface fire flame lengths 3-8 ft. 

Western Oklahoma – Light showers in parts of the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma will limit fine fuel availability and sky cover is expected to dampen fire potential today. Drought impacted fuels in the southwestern quarter of the state may exhibit some resistance to fire suppression efforts especially where brush and heavier fuels are present. Nonetheless, fire behavior is not expected to challenge successful initial attack efforts.

Rain chances improve Thursday and Friday for much of Oklahoma, although given current forecast information southeast Oklahoma is not expected to receive the moisture needed to stem the current trend of emerging large fire potential.

Burn Ban Status:

  • Tillman County

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