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Latest Fire Situation Report Shows Burn Ban in Texas County still Remains

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 09:55:34 CDT

Latest Fire Situation Report Shows Burn Ban in Texas County still Remains Fire Situation Report March 16, 2021

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

NE Area 3 Fires Burned 87 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)
EC Area No New Activity
SE Area 15.6 Fires Burned Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)
Large / Significant Fire Activity within the OFS 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 reported March 15, 2021

Light Initial Attack Activity Observed
Additional Activity Noted through media and informal reporting outlets

Statewide Discussion: Moderated fire danger today across much of Oklahoma with lighter winds speeds overall noting that far
southwestern Oklahoma may see a brief period of elevated fire weather during the afternoon. A tricky forecast over the next few
days includes rain chances, severe potential, snow and fire weather. Rain and storm chances develop overnight persisting into
Wednesday. With regard to fire weather potential on Wednesday, current forecast information does not push much rainfall into
south-central Oklahoma before winds ramp up during the afternoon hours. Development of fire danger will be dependent on
timing, duration and amount of rainfall in the area prior to direr, windier conditions develop.

Today: Afternoon relative humidity values will generally be 30% or greater outside of the far western Panhandle and far
southwestern Oklahoma. Temperatures in the 70?s with Rh values generally 27-40% will hold fine-dead fuel moisture values at
7% or above reserving the 6% observations for far southwestern Oklahoma and the western Panhandle. South to winds 9-15 mph
with some higher gusts will support rates of spread in rangeland fuels 110-172 ft./min. with head fire flame lengths around 10 ft.
Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful.

Tomorrow: Current forecast information points to elevated fire weather developing in south-central Oklahoma. Timing, duration
and amount of precipitation may dampen the fire danger potential, although a careful monitor of conditions is merited as a dry slot
is expected to be present. Given the level of uncertainty, this area will be addressed to

Available Resources: OFS Task Force in Woodward OFS Task Force Guymon (travel status this morning) Additional OFS resources available from Protection as they become available from ongoing incidents Special Note to Firefighters: Critical fire weather is the wildcard in the fire environment. Take a few moments to review the critical fire weather elements and the influence they have on fire behavior in the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate safety briefing at: https://forestry.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc801/f/publications/2020/oklahoma_wildland_newsletter_july_2016_final2.pdf



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