Fire Situation Report – December 12, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 23 Acres (3-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 7 Fires Burned 259 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 76 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Brinkley Springs Road Fire ( ) – 1 Residence Lost, 100% Contained

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

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 

  • 1 Rx Fire Treating 17 Acres

* 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 12/11/17 thru 12/12/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 4 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc) Guymon FD Reporting
  • Additional Fire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Dry conditions through the week will hold fire danger firmly in place and a series of dry, cold fronts will elevate fire danger in the pre-frontal environment on Wednesday and Saturday. Improved nighttime moisture recoveries across much of Oklahoma during early morning hours (excluding far southeast counties) will result in slightly moderated fire danger today along with generally light winds limiting spread potential. The highest fire danger today will occur in both the northwest and southeast portions of the state.

In southeast Oklahoma, relative humidity values will drop into the 25-29% range with some locations potentially registering lower given marginal moisture recovery overnight. Temperatures will top out in the low to mid-50°’s under clear skies. Winds are expected to generally be light around 10 mph with some higher gusts limiting fire spread potential; however immerging and intensifying drought conditions have pushed larger dead fuel moisture values to a level that 1) require much more intensive mop-up and 2) exhibit increasing fuels-driven fire behavior.

The Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma counties will again see very receptive fine-dead fuel moisture values in the 4-5% and probability of ignition near 70% as temperatures warm to 57°-63°. Northwest winds this morning switching back to the west early in the burning period are forecast to be light around 10 mph with higher gusts this afternoon. Rates of fire spread will be limited by lower wind speeds; however expect heavy fuel loadings to exhibit some resistance to control efforts.

The bulk of the state will see relative humidity values in the 25-35% range and fine-dead fuel moisture values generally around 7%. Light winds should provide good opportunity for successful initial attack efforts with a moderation in rates of fire spread.

County Declared Burn Bans:

Adair County through 12/20/17 - LeFlore County through 12/17/17

Alfalfa County through 12/10/17 - Love County through 12/18/17

Atoka County through 12/17/17 - Marshall County through 12/17/17

Carter County through 12/17/17 - McIntosh County through 12/24/17

Cimarron County through 12/17/17 - Pittsburg County through 12/18/17

Haskell County through 12/17/17 - Sequoyah County through 12/18/17

Harper County through 12/24/17 - Wagoner County through 12/17/17

Latimer County through 12/17/17 - Texas County through 12/24/17

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