Fire Situation Report – January 30, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/29/18 thru 0800 01/30/18 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 53 Acres Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New 

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

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/29/18 thru 01/30/18 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Additional Fire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Red Flag Warning in effect today for counties along and west of a line from Osage County to Cotton County excluding the western Panhandle. Fire Weather Watch in effect for tomorrow in southwestern Oklahoma.

Critical fire weather will develop by midday across western, central and northern Oklahoma with warm dry and very windy conditions resulting in rapid rates of fire spread given the current composite fuel moisture values. Very dry conditions will also develop in eastern Oklahoma while lighter winds in the area will hold rates of fire spread in the moderate range providing reasonable opportunity for successful initial attack operations.

Eastern Panhandle / Western Oklahoma – Temperatures will warm rapidly into the afternoon to 63°-73°. Low dew point temperatures will facilitate relative humidity values driving down to 10-20% with fine-dead fuel moisture values 4-5% and a few sites possibly as low as 3%. After noon, south winds will increase to 20-30 mph with gusts near 35 mph. The fire environment will deliver potential rates of fire spread in the 145-190 ft/min (1.5-2.1 mph) range through grass-dominated fuels typical of the area. Expect more rapid rates of fire spread in heavier grasses and anticipate increasing frequency of spot fires with Probability of Ignition nearing 70%.

Central / South-Central / Northern Oklahoma - Temperatures of 55°-61°, relative humidity values this afternoon 18-26% with slight sky cover will result in fine fuel moisture values of 5-6% widely (a few sites may register 4%). South winds 12-25 mph with some gusts around 30 mph will push fires in pasture fuels at 135+/- ft/min. Continuous tall grasses in northern Oklahoma may support rates of fire spread nearer to 200 ft/min (2+ mph) while grass/brush will exhibit rates of spread in the 50-75 ft/min range with elevated spotting potential.

Eastern / Southeastern Oklahoma – Winds will be somewhat lighter during the burning period today, but dry air will work to dry fuels increasing fuel receptiveness in the next few days. Today, temperatures in the low to mid-50°’s and relative humidity values 24-29% will prompt accelerated drying through the burning period with fine fuel moisture in unsheltered areas of 7% with some sites tapping 6%. Southerly winds 10-18 mph with some gusts above 20 mph will drive rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels around 90 ft/min with timber litter fuels 12-18 ft/min. Large diameter dead fuels remain very dry, and fire personnel should expect extended periods of mop up to fully contain fires.

Even warmer temperatures are forecast for Wednesday ahead of a dry cold front that will move through the state during the burning period. Areas of southwestern Oklahoma will see temperatures in the upper 70°’s with much of the stat in the mid to upper 60°’s. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for southwestern Oklahoma temperature and winds are expected to be strongest during the peak of the burning period. Nonetheless, very dry and receptive fine fuels will support active fire behavior. Any fire ongoing as the front passes will see a shift in spread direction as winds shift from the southwest to north.

Resources:

  • OFS Task Force Prepositioned in El Reno

  • OFS/OHP Aerial Observation / Recon

  • Oklahoma National Guard Helicopters

  • County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared to support Mutual Aid requests

    County Declared Burn Bans: 

    For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info


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