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No Current Burn Bans Statewide as a Cooler Wetter Pattern has moved Into the State

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:20:45 CDT

No Current Burn Bans Statewide as a Cooler Wetter Pattern has moved Into the State PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for April 12-15, 2021
NE Area 1 Fire Burned 7 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn)
EC Area 5 Fires Burned 542 Acres (Cause:1-Escaped Rx, 1-Escaped Debris, 3-Incendiary)
SE Area 15 Fires Burned 257.1 Acres (Cause: 2-Lightning, 1-Escaped Control Burn, 12-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the OFS Protection Area:
Tombstone II Fire (LeFlore County) 324 Acres, 100% Contained
Top Blue Fire (Latimer Couty) 435 Acres, 100% Contained
Bottom Blue Fire (Latimer Conty) 250 Acres, 100% Contained
Tombstone Mountain Fire (LeFlore County) 101 Acres, 100% Contained
Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area:
Union Bottom Fire (Marshall County) 245 Acres, 100% Contained
Rocky Fire (Okmulgee County) 211 Acres, 100% Contained
OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 3 Rx Fires Treating 97 Acres

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov reported April 12-15, 2021

*Statewide Discussion: A cooler/wetter pattern late week has resulted in a sharp decrease in wildfire occurrence, Rains continue to move across Oklahoma this morning and rains in the last three days have prompted vigorous herbaceous green up across much of the state improving the live to dead fuel ratio. Leaf-out is also progressing, especially in central and eastern Oklahoma with resulting shading and sheltering of timber fuels gradually increasing. Dry conditions are generally forecasted over the weekend, although fire weather elements that raise concern are generally absent and not aligned. New wildfires are not expected to exhibit resistance to control. Looking into next week, below normal temperatures (actually cold for the season) are expected coupled with additional rain chances. No significant fire activity is anticipated given current weather forecasts and state of fuels.

Light Initial Attack Activity Observed Wildfire Reporting Ongoing Statewide Discussion: A cooler/wetter pattern late week has resulted in a sharp decrease in wildfire occurrence, Rains continue to move across Oklahoma this morning and rains in the last three days have prompted vigorous herbaceous green up across much of the state improving the live to dead fuel ratio. Leaf-out is also progressing, especially in central and eastern Oklahoma with resulting shading and sheltering of timber fuels gradually increasing. Dry conditions are generally forecasted over the weekend, although fire weather elements that raise concern are generally absent and not aligned. New wildfires are not expected to exhibit resistance to control. Looking into next week, below normal temperatures (actually cold for the season) are expected coupled with additional rain chances. No significant fire activity is anticipated given current weather forecasts and state of fuels.

Near-Term Outlook: A cooler and more moist near-term outlook is welcomed given the current drought monitor that indicates expansion of impacts in central Oklahoma and deterioration south-central Oklahoma. Recent fire activity in south-central Oklahoma has exhibited higher severity, and while green-up is gradually progressing attention will need to be given to the area as we progress into the summer months if conditions continue to trend drier than normal. Nonetheless, a welcomed downturn in fire occurrence and activity is expected through next week.


   

 

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