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Latest Fire Situation Update for June 29 Shows Burn Bans in Cimarron, Texas, Beaver and Major Counties

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:09:57 CDT

Latest Fire Situation Update for June 29 Shows Burn Bans in Cimarron, Texas, Beaver and Major Counties Looking at The latest Fire Situation report in Oklahoma for June 29th Shows burn bans for Cimarron, Texas, Beaver and Major Counties.

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 06/26/2020 thru 06/29/2020
NE Area – No New Activity
EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)
SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity
Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 1 Fire Burned 15 Acres
OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 06/26/2020 thru 06/29/2020
· 3 Fires Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 2-Equipment)
· Additional Wildfire Activity noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: Hot and dry conditions will prevail over the next two days with escalating fire danger in western Oklahoma as a dryline flexes into the state. Drought stressed herbaceous fuels have expressed meager improvement in the wake of wetting rains one week ago. While the greatest concern remains in western Oklahoma, it is noteworthy that areas in the northeastern quarter of the state have not received wetting rains in just over one month. Enhanced sky cover over the weekend related to the ‘Saharan Dust Cloud’ served to hamper fire danger along with somewhat elevated relative humidity. This benefit will diminish as the dryline pushes into Oklahoma over the next two afternoons.

Today: Red Flag Warning in effect for Cimarron County from 11:00 AM through 8:00 PM. Energy Release Component has eclipsed the 90th Percentile in the Oklahoma Panhandle Counties and edging to that threshold in parts of northwestern and western Oklahoma translating into the likelihood for established wildfires to exhibit heightened resistance to control efforts. The highest fire danger indices today will reside in the Oklahoma Panhandle extending into the western tier of counties. An extended burning period is anticipated with relative humidity values very slow to recover this evening.

· Oklahoma Panhandle – Critical fire weather components will develop prior to noon in Cimarron County with near-critical fire weather very likely across the entirety of the Panhandle counties. During the peak of the burning period, temperature will register 101?-107? with relative humidity values 7-12% under clear skies. Fine-dead fuel moisture
values will register 2% at several locations, and given the minimal improvement to live-herbaceous moisture from recent scattered storms the dead-fuel loading will dominate the fire behavior expectations. Southwest winds sustained 12-17 mph with some gusts around 25 mph will drive rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels 85-130 ft./min. with
head fire flame lengths averaging 7-11 ft. In those areas where more rank fuels are present, rates of spread may approach 190 ft./min. Problematic fire behavior should be anticipated including flare-ups in fine fuels and single tree torching / short-range spotting in brush dominated fuels.

· Western Oklahoma – Temperatures will climb into the 95?-101? range with mostly clear skies this afternoon as well as relative humidity values as low as 15% along the western tier of counties to nearer 40% along the I-35 corridor where sky cover will be hesitant to depart. Rains from a week ago provided a welcomed boost in herbaceous fuel moisture;
however that improvement will be tested today and tomorrow. Southerly winds this afternoon sustained around 20 mph with some gusts in excess of 25 mph will support rates of fire spread in un-hayed/un-grazed fuels 65-100 ft./min with flame lengths around 7 ft.

· Central/Eastern Oklahoma – Persistent sky cover into the afternoon and dew point temperature in excess of 60? will serve to limit relative humidity values from dipping into levels of concern. Nonetheless, increasing initial attack occurrence should be expected. Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful given the composite fuel moisture

Short-term Outlook: Overnight moisture recovery is expected to be poor to marginal in the Oklahoma Panhandle and western one-third of the state resulting in accelerated drying of herbaceous fuels resulting in increased fine-fuel availability on Tuesday. Additionally, the burning period on Wednesday will be extended with development by noon and continuing well into the evening after sunset.

Given the current forecast information, a dry line on Tuesday will extend much further into Oklahoma along and west of a line from Kay County to Tillman County. Fuel moisture improvement from the rains one week ago is expected to diminish with ramped up rates of evapotranspiration. Additionally, ample areas of wheat stubble and drought stressed fuels will be readily receptive. The strength of the fire weather is forecasted to moderate mid-week although no appreciable moisture in that forecast points to building fire danger concern.

Resources: (Resource Hotline: 800-800-2481)

OFS – Division Supervisor and Task Force mobilized to Cimarron County.
Note: OFS/ODAFF has personnel mobilized in support of ESF-8 Public Health
Burn Bans: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver and Major Counties


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