Fire Situation Report – December 1, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/28/17 thru 0800 12/01/17 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 2.5 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 86 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Structure)

SE Area – 7 Fires Burned 312.3 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 2-Debris, 1-Equipment)

 Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Beaver Dam Fire (McCurtain Count ) – 175 Acres, 70% Contained
  • Flagg Lake Fire (LeFlore County) – 858 Acres, 100% Contained
  • West Post Oak Fire (Pushmataha County) – 627, 100% Contained
  • Bear Suck Knob Fire (Latimer County) – 150 (est.) Acres, 100% Contained
  • South Fork Fire (Pushmataha County) – 595 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Star Fire (Haskell County) – 184 Acres, 100% Contained
  • 5 Mile Road Fire (Atoka County – 270 Acres, 100% Contained

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 11/28/17 thru 12/01/17

  • 5 Fires Burned 11.1 Acres (Cause: 3-Equipment, 1-Misc.) Guymon and Eldorado FD’s Reporting
  • Additional activity noted in media reports

Statewide Discussion:

More than three-quarters of Oklahoma 38-62 days separated from wetting rains as drought indications expand across the states. Parts of northern and northeastern Oklahoma received some rainfall Tuesday night into Wednesday; however the benefits will be short-lived given the persistent dry conditions. Above normal temperatures are expected through Monday ahead of a cold front that may bring some rain to southeast Oklahoma while elevating fire danger in northern and western Oklahoma.

Southerly winds today between 7-15 mph with some gusts near 20 mph in western Oklahoma are expected along with continued above normal temperatures this afternoon generally in the mid-60°’s. Relative humidity values of 35-40% this afternoon will span the majority of the state; however 25% may be reached in some areas of the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma. While relative humidity values will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values of 7% in the majority of the state, persistent dry conditions have increased the availability of fuels across the size classes. Southerly winds 6-15 mph with some gusts near 20 mph in western Oklahoma will drive low to moderate rates of fire spread. Initial attack activity is expected to be largely successful; however fires are requiring extended mop-up effort to insure containment.

Through the weekend, dry conditions and above normal temperatures will continue. Relative humidity values are not forecast to fall into levels of concern and the outlook for successful initial attack activity is respectable. Sunday will bring increasing wind speeds setting up for the cold front passage on Monday. Southwest winds Sunday 10-18 mph gusting around 25 mph will present opportunity for moderate rates of fire spread in central and eastern Oklahoma / rapid rates of fire spread in western Oklahoma in the late afternoon hours, Elevated fire danger is expected Monday in western and northern as pre-frontal southwest winds will likely be gusty and lower relative humidity values promote very dry fuels.

 Burn Bans:

  • Sequoyah County – 11/29/17 through 12/05/17
  • Coal County – 12/01/2017 through 12/13/2017

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