Fire Situation Report – December 4, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/01/17 thru 0800 12/04/17 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 98.8 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 7 Fires Burned 284 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 10 Fires Burned 80.7 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 4-Debris, 1-Equipment)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • 2 Fires 187 Acres 
  • Beaver Dam Fire (McCurtain Count ) – 175 Acres, 100% Contained

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 12/01/17 thru 12/04/17

  • 2 Fires Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 2-Equipment) Guymon FD Reporting
  • Additional activity noted in media reports

Statewide Discussion:

The fire weather for today looks much more like an early March forecast than on for early December. A cold front that will move across Oklahoma today will prompt near-critical fire weather in western Oklahoma and increasing opportunity for rainfall in the east with best chances southeast. The potential for large fire occurrence in Northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle counties will exist following the cold front passage this afternoon subsiding gradually into the evening hours.

Oklahoma Panhandle – Westerly winds this morning will shift to the northwest then north as a cold passes with sustained wind speeds 20-25 mph gusting near 35 mph. Temperatures this afternoon will be in the 50°’s; however relative humidity values around 15% will drive fine-dead fuel moisture to 5%. In typical grasses, head fire rates of spread near 200 ft./min. should be expected with more rapid surges where wind is aligned with topography.

Western Oklahoma (Along and west of a line from Grant County to Love County) – Near record temperatures ahead of the cold front combined with dry fuel and gusty winds will prompt very-high fire danger indices today. Temperatures 65°-75° and afternoon relative humidity values 20-30% will promote fine-dead fuel moisture in the 6-7%. The cold front is expected to arrive during the peak of the burning period with winds shifting from southwest this morning to northwest through the day. Sustained winds near 20 mph along with gusts around 25 mph (30 mph NW OK) will drive rapid rates of fire spread. Overnight moisture recovery may likely be marginal enabling an extended burning period today.

Along and east of the I-35 corridor relative humidity values are generally forecast to remain above 40% limiting fie-dead fuel moisture from reaching critical levels. Current cold front timing indicates that winds will begin to switch from southwest to west then northwest late in the afternoon through the evening hours. Rain chances today are relegated to eastern Oklahoma with more favorable opportunities for a wetting rain near the Arkansas border and far southeast Oklahoma.

Burn Bans:

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

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