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Thursday, January 13, 2022, Fire Situation Report: High Winds Increase Fire Danger Through the Weekend

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:41:03 CST

Thursday, January 13, 2022, Fire Situation Report: High Winds Increase Fire Danger Through the Weekend According to the latest Fire Situation Report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services, one fire burned 47 acres.

Statewide Discussion: Temperatures across Oklahoma will again be approximately 15 degrees above normal with dry air and readily receptive fuels in place although light winds will limit fire spread potential today supporting both successful initial attack and the likelihood of prescribed fire activity. A stronger cold front, when compared to the previous few, arriving in the Oklahoma Panhandle tomorrow afternoon progressing across the state will prompt a period of elevated fire danger in the Panhandle and western tier of counties Friday.

Today: Temperatures in the mid- to upper-60?ís with some 70? observations south and afternoon relative humidity values 17-35% under clear skies will support receptive fuels again this afternoon. With significant separation from wetting rains and strong drying conditions, resistance to control is increasing. However, light north winds today that will generally be less than 10 mph will limit grass and range fuels to rates of spread less than 90 ft/min affording good initial attack opportunities.

Thursday: Wind direction will shift back to the south overnight prior to becoming northwest then north intensifying in the Panhandle and far western Oklahoma mid- to late-afternoon. Ahead of this cold front, temperatures will again be above normal dropping rapidly as the front progresses across the state. There will be a period of elevated fire danger in the Panhandle and far western Oklahoma tomorrow afternoon and evening where rates of spread in rangeland fuels will have potential to exceed 250 ft/min driving increased potential for large fire occurrence in western Oklahoma.

Near Term: There is some snow chance in central and eastern Oklahoma Saturday although forecasted amounts are insignificant with regard to mitigating building fuel dryness. And, despite much colder temperatures, a strong wind field over very dry fuels will support continued large fire potential in western Oklahoma on Saturday. Elevated relative humidity values will likely limit fuel receptiveness and wildfire ignitions, but any new fire in grass/range fuels will prove challenging to suppress give rates of spread and fireline intensity.

See the map above for the latest list of Oklahoma counties under burn bans.



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