Fire Situation Report – December 5, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/04/17 thru 0800 12/05/17 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 17.3 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Electrical)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Sparrow Hawk Fire(Cherokee County ) – 10 Acres, 100% Contained, 4 Structures Lost

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No New Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 12/04/17 thru 12/05/17

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Moderated fire danger will be in place across much of Oklahoma in the wake of a cold front that has brought much cooler temperatures along with areas of wetting precipitation in southeast Oklahoma and areas along the Arkansas Border. Light, and sometimes mixed, precipitation across the northern portions of the state this morning are expected to have little impact as very low dew point temperatures result in falling relative humidity values statewide facilitating rapid drying of fuels where wetting rains were not realized.

Relative humidity values below 30% statewide are expected this afternoon with a dry, post-frontal air mass in place. Afternoon relative humidity values of 17-23 in western counties, 20-26% in central Oklahoma and 23-30% in the east will prompt dry fine fuels. West of US 69, fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6-7% will be prevalent prompting receptive fuels in a broad area as skies clear from northwest to southeast. Cooler temperatures with highs in the mid-40°’s to low-50°’s and generally north winds around 10 mph (westerly in the Panhandle Counties) with some occasional higher gusts will result in somewhat moderated fire danger today providing for high probability of successful initial attack.

Generally dry conditions are expected through the week with moderate fire danger in general although increasing fire danger is currently expected into the weekend.

Burn Bans:

  • Alfalfa County through 12/10/17 - Coal County through 12/13/17

  • Atoka County through 12/17/17 - LeFlore County through 12/10/17

  • Carter County through 12/17/17 - Sequoyah County through 12/13/17

  • Cimarron County through 12/17/17

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    Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.  

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF