Fire Situation Report – November 27, 2019


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 11/26/2019 thru 11/27/2019  

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:

  • 4 Fires Burned 5,749 Acres (Cause: 3-Misc. (Under Investigation),1-Escaped Debris)
  • Highway 50 Fire (Woodward County) – 764 Acres / 60% Contained / Damage Assessment Ongoing
  • Gage Fire (Ellis County) – 4,500 Acres (Est.) / 20% Contained / Damage Assessment Ongoing
  • Moorewood Fire (Custer County) – 432 Acres / 60% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 11/26/2019 thru 11/27/2019 

  • Activity reports being compiled
  • Numerous initial attack fires with large fire activity.

Statewide Discussion: 

Numerous wildfires occurred yesterday along the clearing line associated with the passing, strong cold front. Very rapid to extreme rates of fire spread observations met the fire behavior predictions. Evacuations were ordered for the Highway 50 Fire (Mooreland) and the Gage Fire (Gage & Fargo). Fire behavior diminished with improving fine-dead fuel moisture and gradual reduction of wind speed into the overnight hours. Much improved fire weather conditions today will provide good opportunity for incident responders to contain and control most fires. Furthermore, precipitation chances improve with strong optimism for wetting amounts Wednesday night into Thursday persisting through the Thanksgiving weekend.

Today: Moderate fire danger indices are expected today across Oklahoma with cooler temperatures and much less wind to contend with. Fine fuels will again be receptive requiring vigilance in mop-up and patrol to capitalize on the on the firefighting accomplishments of yesterday. 

  • Oklahoma Panhandle: Bitter temperatures this morning will warm into low-40’s this afternoon with relative humidity values 29-31% resulting in fine-dead fuel moisture values at 6%. Light north winds this morning will switch back to southerly this afternoon 6-16 mph with some higher gusts in the western one-half of the Panhandle. Low to moderate fire behavior expectations will offer very good opportunity for successful initial attack.
  • West of I-35: Temperature this afternoon ranging from 44 (north) to 52 (south) with relative humidity values 27-34% edging fine-dead fuel moisture to 6% across the area. Light northerly winds will limit rates of fire spread. 
  • East of I-35: Temperature 49-53⁰ and relative humidity values 29-40% will offer a brief period of fuels receptiveness this afternoon although fire behavior should permit successful initial attack.

Probability of precipitation improves greatly overnight into Thursday morning continuing Friday. Fire weather redevelops Saturday across western Oklahoma although wetting precipitation prior is expected to offset fire danger potential.

Burn Bans:

  • Texas 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.