Fire Weather and Fuel Condition Criteria

OFS utilizes information from a variety of sources including the National Weather Service, the Southern Area Coordination Center and the National Interagency Fire Center.  The data includes wildland fire occurrence, current conditions and forecast conditions.

Click on the links below to see some of the inputs our foresters use when analyzing Oklahoma’s fire danger.  

Current Weather Conditions:  Oklahoma Mesonet 
US Drought Monitor:  Current Map 
Palmer Drought Severity Index:  Current Map 
Keetch-Bryam Drought Index:  Current Map 
Fuel Moisture:  1-hr Dead Fuel Moisture 
  10-hr Dead Fuel Moisture 
  100-hr Dead Fuel Moisture 
  1000-hr Dead Fuel Moisture 
Burn Index:  Current Map
Spread Component:  Current Map 
Energy Release Component:  Current Map 
Ignition Component:  Current Map 
Climate Prediction Center:  6-10 Day Outlook 
  8-14 Day Outlook 
  30 and 90 Day Outlook 
National Weather Service:  NWS Homepage 
  Fire Weather Forecast 

Read “Megafires on the Southern Great Plains,” which was originally published in the Journal of Operational Meteorology. It is based on an in-depth analysis of the fire environment in advance of and during megafire occurrences on the Southern Great Plains from 2006-2018, including the Anderson Creek, Starbuck and Rhea fires in Oklahoma. The article was the result of the ongoing efforts of Oklahoma Forestry Services, Texas A&M Forest Service and the National Weather Service.