Fire Situation Report – December 21, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/20/16 thru 12/21/16 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 31 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn, 1-Campfire)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity 

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Walker Road Fire (Pottawatomie County) – 140 Acres, 60% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No 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 12/20/16 thru 12/21/16

No New Activity Reported

 Statewide Discussion: Somewhat higher relative humidity values this afternoon will slightly reduce fire danger; however fully cured fine fuels and very low 1,000 hr. fuel moisture will support active and long-burning fire activity should any fire become established.

The Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma will see temperatures around 50° and relative humidity values dip slightly below 40% this afternoon moderating fine fuel moisture. However, north winds 15-20 mph gusting to around 25 mph will push fires at a moderate rate of spread given fuel typical of the area.

As a cold front moves across Oklahoma today, winds will switch from southerly to northerly. Frontal passage is expected to move into central Oklahoma this afternoon and eastern Oklahoma this evening. Associated winds are not expected to be much greater than 10 mph with limited gusts. While rates of fire spread are expected to be moderate, the wind shift will promote a gradual change in direction of fire spread prompting firefighting resources to focus effort on the southern and eastern flanks of going fires.. Relative humidity values this afternoon in the 30-40% range will support drying of fine fuels into the afternoon and given only moderate moisture recovery last night an extended burning period is anticipated today.

Precipitation chances enter into the picture tomorrow afternoon into Friday and fire danger is expected to be moderated statewide. Precipitation amounts do not look to be too impressive at this time, and only a short term respite is expected.

No Active Burn Bans

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