Fire Situation Report – December 14, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/13/17 thru 0800 12/14/17 

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 19 Acres (4-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 28 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 16.5 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Electrical)

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

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 12/13/17 thru 12/14/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Tecumseh FD Reporting
  • Additional Fire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Fire weather yesterday exceeded expectations with very dry atmospheric conditions driving fine fuel moisture values into critical ranges and commensurate with the change, observed fire behavior was above prediction. Cooler temperatures today will prevent relative humidity from tapping critical values and much lighter winds today will limit fire spread potential providing good opportunity for successful initial attack actions. A few morning flurries in the Panhandle and some pockets of virga in northern Oklahoma this morning will have no appreciable effect on fuels in those areas. With dry conditions continuing, fire danger will hold in place and while moderated today the expectation is for increasing indices into Saturday when a front arrives.

Marginal moisture recovery in the overnight hours will again result in a lengthened burning period today; however cooler temperatures, slightly improved dew point temperatures and sky cover will prevent the critically low fine fuel moisture values observed yesterday. East-central and southeast Oklahoma will see temperatures in the mid-40°’s to mid 50°’s nearer the Red River with relative humidity values around 35% (some areas registering lower observations). Fine fuel moisture will not be quite as low as yesterday, but larger dead fuels and pine-dominated live fuels will burn aggressively given the composite fuel moisture values and accelerated drying of recent days. North winds 5-10 mph and some higher gusts will limit fire spread, but expect increasing time commitment for mop-up and fire control.

Central and western Oklahoma will see much improved relative humidity values this afternoon with minimal likelihood of falling below 30%. As such, fine-dead fuel moisture values will be greatly improved through the burning period coupled with much lighter north winds offering good opportunities for successful initial attack, Note that areas of grass/brush dominated fuels that have accumulated a heavy dead thatch fuel loading will still burn with intensity given the preceding drying that has been intense.

County Declared Burn Bans:

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

Alfalfa County through 12/24/17 - LeFlore County through 12/17/17

Atoka County through 12/17/17 - Love County through 12/18/17

Carter County through 12/17/17 - Marshall County through 12/17/17

Cimarron County through 12/17/17 - McIntosh County through 12/17/17

Coal County through 12/13/17 - Pittsburg County through 12/18/17

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

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

Jefferson County through 12/17/17 - Wagoner County through 12/17/17

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: