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Latest Fire Situation Report Shows Burn Bans for Cimarron and Texas Counties in the State

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 09:43:43 CDT

Latest Fire Situation Report Shows Burn Bans for Cimarron and Texas Counties in the State Oklahoma Forestry Services has updated its Fire Situation Report and right now there are only burn bans listed for Cimarron and Texas Counties.

Drastic changes in temperature in the wake of a strong cold front that that produced storms and rainfall from southwest Oklahoma into northeast Oklahoma generally along and south of the I-44 corridor has prompted a
reduction in fire danger. Cold temperatures, snow chances and rainfall over the weekend will continue to suppress fire danger into mid-week. Temperatures are forecasted to warm moving through the week to near-normal this coming weekend. No concerning fire weather or fuels indices are anticipated through the week.

The cold temperatures in the forecast will stall green-up in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma where overnight temperatures are expected to fall into the 20's three nights consecutively.

Additionally, much of the area is lagging behind in rainfall. Northwest Oklahoma is presently 13-30 days separated from wetting rains while Cimarron

County is in excess of 100 days separated from wetting rains and where moderate to severe drought indices exist. The next few days will likely pause green-up progressing in western, central and northern Oklahoma with nighttime low temperatures
forecasted in the low- to mid-30's. No negative changes in overall state of fuels are expected. Moving into southeast Oklahoma, green-up progression will likely slow to some extent but leaf-out and declining fuels availability is expected.

Throughout Oklahoma, composite fuels moisture improvements combined with recent green-up progression will serve to limit fire behavior potential providing very good opportunity for successful initial attack opportunities.
For now, we are planning to update the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report next Monday (April 20, 2020) although we will continually monitor fire weather and fuels conditions relevant to fire danger should a sooner update be warranted



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