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Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Fire Situation Report: Five Acres Burned in SE Oklahoma

Wed, 05 Jan 2022 08:54:41 CST

Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Fire Situation Report: Five Acres Burned in SE Oklahoma According to Wednesday’s Fire Situation Report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services, a small fire in southeastern Oklahoma burned five acres.

Statewide Discussion: Dry conditions continue although cooler temperatures and diminishing winds will result in less impressive fire danger indices and fire behavior potential today across most of Oklahoma. With that said, the fuelscape across Oklahoma remains receptive and new fire occurrence will continue. No critical fire weather or significant fire occurrence is expected through the remainder of the work week. Concern centers around the building dryness across western and north-central Oklahoma where cumulative dryness continues to build. Given the current state of fuels, less significant fire weather is required to promote vigorous fire behavior.

Today: Cooler temperatures today with afternoon highs in the 40?’s over most of the state, 50?’s along the Red River, will limit afternoon relative humidity values from reaching critical values even with dew point temperatures in the teens and 20’s. Afternoon relative humidity values will range from 24-35% across the state and fine-dead fuel moisture values 6-7%. Northerly winds this morning will continue to relax through the day as they shift to southerly in the western counties prior to another cold front entering Oklahoma this evening. Some new fire activity is expected although rates of fire spread and fireline intensity will be conducive to successful initial attack. Range/grassland fuels will generally exhibit rates of spread less than 100 ft/min.

Thursday: Cold temperatures, sky cover and relative humidity values above 30% statewide will serve to limit fuel receptiveness. Northerly winds will be strongest in the morning hours, again relaxing into the afternoon. Fire occurrence will be limited with the absence of fire weather strength.

Near Term: No significant wildfire concerns loom through the end of the week. Temperatures will again soar to well-above normal on Saturday ahead of another cold front. Current forecasts do not point to concerning wildfire potential in the near-term. The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be issued on Friday morning.

Refer to the photo to see Oklahoma counties currently under burn bans.

   

 

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