Fire Situation Report – September 17, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 09/10/2019 thru 09/17/2019 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.3 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 23 Fires Burned 783.5 Acres (Cause: 10-Incendiary, 8-Escaped Debris, 4-Equipment, 1-Lightning)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Jack Creek Fire (Pushmataha County- 574 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Wildhorse Mountain #2 Fire (Pushmataha County) – 185 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Landing Strip Fire (Pushmataha County) – 530 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Fish Creek Fire (Pushmataha County) – 502 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 recorded on 09/10/2019 thru 09/17/2019 

  • 2 Fires Burned 25 Acres (Cause: 2-Debris) Roosevelt Reporting
  • Additional initial attack fires noted though informal reporting and media outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Large fire potential in southeast Oklahoma remains firmly in place through mid-week. An uptick in initial attack activity is also expected with focus in the rainfall deprived areas of southeast and southwest Oklahoma as well as portions of the Panhandle with temperatures remaining above normal and drought impacted fuels in place. Rain chances do hold some promise of wetting moisture Thursday/Friday and into the weekend that will also bring more seasonal temperatures.

Southeast Oklahoma: Temperatures will again be in the mid-90⁰’s this afternoon with relative humidity values expected to register 35% during the peak of the burning period. Lagging rainfall and Keetch-Byram Drought Indices greater than 650 has resulted in significant drying of fuels during an extended period of above normal temperatures. Firefighters should expect fire behavior to transition into the problematic and or extreme categories with little minimal influence from wind. Winds will be southeast this afternoon sustained in the 5-10 mph range although variability should be expected with terrain influence. In the grass dominated fuels rates of spread will likely range from 40-60 ft./min. with flame lengths 5-9 ft. In the timber dominated fuels, surface fire rates of spread 12-35 ft./min. with flame lengths 6-12 ft. should be expected. Additionally, firefighters should anticipate potential for surface fire rapidly transitioning into aerial fuels with group tree torching, short crown runs and short-range spotting.

Southwest Oklahoma / Oklahoma Panhandle: Fire behavior in the rangeland fuels will be muted in large part; however attention should be given to those drought stricken fuels in southwest Oklahoma and portions of the Oklahoma Panhandle where we have seen a 5-34 day separation from wetting rains. Grass dominated fuels will produce potential for rates of spread in the 74-112 ft./min. with flame lengths around 9 ft. on fires that do become established.

Rain chances do enter the picture late in the week with gulf moisture edging into Oklahoma. Additionally, more seasonable temperatures and an increase in sky cover are expected to relax fire danger in those areas where rainfall is not realized.

Burn Ban Status:

  • Tillman County 

Refer to for the most current burn ban information and links to specific burn ban proclamations.