Fire Situation Report – February 12, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/09/18 thru 0800 02/12/18 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 80 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 5 Fires Burned 319.2 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

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

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/09/18 thru 02/12/18 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Additional Fires Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Cold temperatures, sky cover and very light wintry precipitation in some areas moderated fire danger over the weekend, but warming temperatures into mid-week and an approaching cold front will drive fire danger upward this week. Three-quarters of the state is now more than a month separated from wetting precipitation with most of western Oklahoma pushing well past 100 days. Dead fuel moisture values across the spectrum are very low with numerous sites registering 7-8% for the 1,000 hr. time-lag size class (3-8”). Wildfires have gradually exhibited increasing resistance to control with moderate fire weather and the trend will continue without frequent wetting precipitation to reverse the current composite fuel moisture values.

Very cold temperatures this morning are forecast to warm into the 40°’s while dew point temperatures in the teens will facilitate relative humidity values below 30% at most locations along and west of US 177. Easterly winds today in the bulk of the state generally 5-10 mph will deliver moderate rates of fire spread; however Panhandle, northwestern and western tier counties will see stronger southeast winds 8-20 mph with gusts nearing 30 mph this afternoon. Given the fire weather forecast, grass fuels in the area will generally deliver rates of fire spread 110-160 ft/min.

Moderate fire danger for most of the state is expected on Tuesday while some opportunity for rain in southeast Oklahoma is held on the forecast. Warm temperatures and stronger winds both Wednesday and Thursday will result in elevating fore danger along and west of the I-44 corridor.

Resources:

  • 1- Type 1 Helicopter
  • 1- National Guard Helicopter
  • OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status: 

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