Fire Situation Report – December 8, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/07/17 thru 0800 12/08/17 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 4 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 71 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 1-Lightning)

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 12/07/17 thru 12/08/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 20 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Tecumseh FD Reporting(Mutual Aid)
  • Fire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Temperatures this morning will thrust several of the cool-season grass species into dormancy and serve to intensify curing of fuels. Warming temperatures into the weekend combined with passage dry fronts will increase fire danger indices through the weekend with near-critical fire weather in western Oklahoma Sunday and Monday. Fire danger will be firmly in place until appreciable precipitation provides some relief.

Fire danger today will be highest in the Oklahoma Panhandle where northerly winds 20-25 mph with gusts this afternoon 30-35 mph and sometimes higher will drive the potential for very rapid rates of fire spread late afternoon. Temperatures around 54° this afternoon combined with partly cloudy skies and relative humidity values 19-27% will result in fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6%. If temperatures warm above forecast and/or fuel moisture falls below prediction, rates of fire spread could transition into the extreme category this afternoon.

Eastern Oklahoma will see relative humidity values drop below 30% this afternoon as temperatures warm into the mid-40°’s this afternoon. Fuels will be receptive; however light southwest winds will provide very good opportunity for successful initial attack. Relative humidity values in central and western Oklahoma will generally be 30-40% with fine-dead fuel moisture at 7%. Moderate rates of fire spread with northwest winds 8-15 mph should provide reasonable opportunities for successful initial attack noting that late afternoon gusts approaching 20 mph in northwest Oklahoma may present a more challenging scenario.

Fire danger will intensify across the state through the weekend as gradually warming temperatures and persistent dry conditions continue. Near critical fire weather indices will be present in far western and Panhandle counties. Fortunately, wind speeds are forecast below critical thresholds. Nonetheless, relative humidity values will facilitate very receptive fuels, and the potential for rapid rates of fire spread exists where fuels are aligned with wind and topography.

Fine-dead fuel moisture values of 4% in the Panhandle to 7% in southeast Oklahoma combined with temperatures in the low to mid-60°’s and clear skies will drive fuel receptiveness. Winds around 10 mph will limit fire spread potential.

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 

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