Fire Situation Report – December 18, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/15/17 thru 0800 12/18/17 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 13.2 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 22 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 153 Acres (5-Incendiary)

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

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

2 Fires Burned 90 Acres (2-Incendiary) - Atoka and Choctaw Counties

 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 12/16/17 thru 12/18/17

  • No New Activity
  • Numerous Initial Attack Fires noted through media reports.

Statewide Discussion:

Limited fire danger remains in place in the Panhandle and extreme western counties while much of the state will see a respite from elevated fire danger that has persisted for some time. Wetting rains in the southeast and parts of northeast Oklahoma over the weekend along with areas of fog this morning will provide a break today for a good portion of the state.

The Panhandle and areas along the 100th meridian will see limited fire danger this afternoon as temperatures warm into the upper-50°’s and low-60°’s. Relative humidity values may briefly fall below 25% in the Panhandle and near 30% in the western tier counties facilitating dry fuels; however south-southwest winds 5-12 mph will limit rates of fire spread especially with fine fuel moisture hovering above critical values.

Precipitation chances return late tonight in southeast Oklahoma with opportunity expanding out to the I-44 corridor through the day Tuesday. Overall, fire danger will be limited through the week with potential for Thursday to present some elevated conditions in the west. Next update of the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will occur on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

County Declared Burn Bans:

Adair County through 12/20/17 - Love County through 12/18/17

Alfalfa County through 12/24/17 - Muskogee County through 12/20/17

Cherokee County through 12/27/17 - Pittsburg County through 12/18/17

Coal County through 12/27/17 - Sequoyah County through 12/18/17 - 

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

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