Fire Situation Report – February 16, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/15/17 thru 02/16/17 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Spike Road Fire (Cherokee County) – 1500 Acres (est.), 90% 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 02/15/17 thru 02/16/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: Red Flag Warning in effect from 11:00 AM through 6:00 PM for the following counties: Osage, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa and Pawnee Counties. Fire weather within the warned area will result in rapid drying of grass fuels in the area with temperature in the low-70°’s , relative humidity values this afternoon around 25% and southwest winds 18-22 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Drying weather conditions will increase fine-fuel availability rapidly today with warm temperatures, lower relative humidity and southwest winds. Grass dominated fuels, especially in the northern tier of counties where precipitation totals have been much lighter, will readily support fire activity. Unsheltered timber litter will continue drying and will become increasingly available into the weekend. Large diameter fuels remain very dry and will support long duration burning.

The highest fire danger today resides will reside in northeast Oklahoma focused on the Warned Area. Temperature 67°-73°, afternoon relative humidity values 22-29% and clear skies will result in rapid drying of fine fuels in the area. Southwest winds 15-22 mph with gusts in the Warned Area up to 30 mph will translate into very rapid rates of spread in continuous and uniform grass fuels.

Elsewhere, temperature in the mid to upper 60°’s (low 70°’s in the Panhandle) combined with relative humidity values ranging from 10% in far western Panhandle to 32% across much of Oklahoma will accelerate drying of fine fuels and gradually increasing fire danger late week. Southwest winds 10-15 mph and limited gusts will deliver manageable rates of fire spread with moderated fuel moisture from recent precipitation.

Multiple County Burn Bans are Active: For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: