Fire Situation Report – December 7, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/06/17 thru 0800 12/07/17 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 25 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 77 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – No New Activity

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 12/06/17 thru 12/07/17

  • No New Activity Reported – Fire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Sharply cooler temperatures today, but very dry air will hold fire danger place. The combination of freezing temperatures and a dry air mass will further cure fuels and prompt some of the cool-season into dormancy increasing fuel availability. No precipitation in the near-term forecast and continued dry air will result in strengthening fire danger into the weekend as temperatures trend upward.

Temperatures in the low-30°’s to low-40°’s across Oklahoma will prevent relative humidity values from falling into critically low ranges; however low dew point temperatures will still facilitate afternoon relative humidity values ranging from 23% in northwest Oklahoma to 35% in northeast counties. Values near or below 30% will be prevalent today prompting receptive fuels, but large areas of fine-dead fuel moisture less than 7% are not expected. Northwest winds are expected to continue through the day with sustained winds 9-17 mph. Gusts near 25 mph will be present in the western half of the state driving moderate rates of fire spread.

Warming temperatures and continued dry conditions will drive increasing fire danger through the weekend with the potential for critical fire danger indices in western Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday.

Special Note to Firefighters: As we prepare for the winter fire season, it is imperative to review the basic rules for engaging wildland fires. Take 6 minutes to review LCES with your fellow fire personnel this morning prior to engaging in suppression activities.

L – Establish lookouts whenever possible to observe fire behavior and potential hazards to personnel committed to suppression efforts.

C – Establish common communications or strategically assign personnel in an effort to insure reliable incident communications. Do not simply rely on radio communications and be sure that both visual and verbal communications can be maintained.

E – Establish escape routes for personnel and equipment and make them known. Mark the route with flagging or common landmarks. Escape routes should accommodate a quick retreat of all resources from the fireline.

S – Establish a safety zone that is large enough to accommodate all personnel and equipment in the event that fire behavior or fire environment safety hazards mandate disengaging fire suppression activities.

For more “6 Minutes For Safety” topics refer to https://www.nwcg.gov/committees/6-Minutes-for-safety

County Declared Burn Bans:

Alfalfa County through 12/10/17 - Haskell County through 12/09/17

Atoka County through 12/17/17 - LeFlore County through 12/10/17

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

Cimarron County through 12/17/17 - Sequoyah County through 12/13/17

Coal County through 12/13/17 

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information