Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Fire Situation Report: Seven Fires Burn a Total of 214 AcresWed, 12 Jan 2022 09:58:55 CST
According to the latest Fire Situation Report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services, seven fires burned a total of 214 acres in Oklahoma.
- Four fires burned 18 acres in northeastern Oklahoma.
- One fire burned 7 acres in eastcentral Oklahoma.
- Three fires burned 189 acres in southeastern Oklahoma.
Statewide Discussion: Respectable overnight moisture recovery will stall development of burning conditions today when compared to the previous two days. Much like the previous few days, fire danger will increase in the afternoon as air temperature warms with low dew point temperature in place. Winds will be moderate limiting rates of spread offering good opportunity for initial attack success. With regard to fire danger, Friday will present the most potential for problematic fire occurrence ahead of a cold front noting that a number of the fire environment elements will lack alignment minimizing significant fire potential.
Today: Temperatures will warm into the low- to possibly mid-60?’s. Much of the state will see mostly clear skies with parts of northeastern Oklahoma observing partly cloudy skies. Dew point temperatures range from single digits in the far western Panhandle to +/- 30? in the east opening the door for afternoon relative humidity values dipping below 30% across most of the state prompting receptive fine fuels. Winds will be rather moderate limiting fire spread potential in large part with grass-dominated fuels exhibiting rates of spread around 90 ft/min with flame lengths 8-10 ft - there is a bit more potential in the western one-third and Panhandle counties.
· Western 1/3 & Oklahoma Panhandle: Temperatures this afternoon 60?-64?, mostly clear skies and relative humidity values 13-19% will yield fine-dead fuel moisture at 5%. Light westerly winds this morning will become northwest 8-15 mph with some higher gusts as a cold front moves into the area. Rangeland fuels will exhibit head fire rates of spread 77-120 ft/min with flame lengths 8-12 ft. Mixed fuels will exhibit a bit showier fire behavior but move a bit slower.
Thursday: A few degrees warmer but an increase in dew point temperature will boost afternoon relative humidity values. Fuels remain dry and receptive obviously, but light winds will limit fire spread potential again offering very good opportunity for successful initial attack.
Near Term: Afternoon temperatures remain above normal through the remainder of the work week dipping below average on Saturday with passage of a stronger cold front. Some snow may come with this frontal passage, but meaningful amounts of precipitation are not likely. There is some indication of nearer normal temperatures and precipitation in the 8-14-day outlook, but that is a way out and ‘normal’ will not change the current trend influenced by LaNiña.
See the map above for the latest list of Oklahoma counties under burn bans.
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