Friday, January 28, 2022, Fire Situation Report: Wildfire Activity ContinuesFri, 28 Jan 2022 08:35:49 CST
According to the latest Fire Situation Report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services, the Little Fourche Maline Fire in Latimer County burned 123 acres and is 100% contained. The Weber Mountain Fire in Latimer County burned 213 acres and is 100% contained. The Wilson Creek Fire in McCurtain County burned 100 acres and is 100% contained.
Outside the OFS protection area, four fires burned 152 acres in east-central Oklahoma and 23 fires burned 354 acres in southeastern Oklahoma.
Statewide Discussion: Snow and mixed precipitation calmed fired danger in western and central regions of the state while initial attack activity continued in earnest in the southeastern counties. Most of that beneficial snow disappeared yesterday and activity is fully expected to continue in the southeast with reemerging fire danger indices in northwest Oklahoma. No critical fire weather is expected over the weekend although very dry air each afternoon, warming temperatures and dormant vegetation will result in a period of elevated fire danger each afternoon
Today: A chilly start and good overnight moisture recovery, will stall development of fire danger indices this afternoon. Some areas in southwest Oklahoma will see remaining areas of snow disappear. Large fire occurrence probability is low with initial attack success likely with respectable overnight moisture recovery and winds becoming light after sunset.
∑ Southeast Oklahoma: Temperatures 47?-53?, afternoon relative humidity values 27-35% and mostly-clear skies will yield fine-dead fuel moisture values at 7% at most locations this afternoon. Northwest winds sustained 7-11 mph with some gusts 16-21 mph will support moderate rates of spread. Grass-dominated fuels will support head fire rates of spread 70- 110 ft/min with flame lengths 9-13 ft. Timber litter will exhibit ROS around 20 ft/min with FL 4-5 ft.
∑ Northwest Oklahoma: Temperatures will warm into the 47?-51? range following a chilly start under clear skies. Low dew point temperatures will encourage afternoon relative humidity values will register 18-29% as temperatures warm resulting in fine-dead fuel moisture values at 6% broadly and 5% locally. Light west winds will become northwest sustained 12-16 mph with gusts around 20 mph facilitating moderate rates of fire spread. Rangeland fuels will support head fire rates of spread around 150 ft/min with flame lengths 11 ft.
Weekend: Initial attack activity is expected to increase this weekend, but large fire potential remains rather low with a bit of a composite fuel moisture boost and the brevity of peak burning conditions confined to a few hours each afternoon. Saturday will be the warmest of the two days with temperatures in the 60?ís then upper-50?ís to 60?ís on Sunday. Very dry air is expected each afternoon encouraging amplified fuel receptiveness. Overall, winds are not expected to present undue challenge holding potential for rates of spread in the moderate category.
See the map above for the latest list of Oklahoma counties under burn bans.
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