Fire Situation Report – February 16, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/015/18 thru 0800 02/16/18 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 0.2 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

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 02/15/18 thru 02/16/18 

  • 2 Fires Burned 414Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Welding) Earlsboro & Elk City FD’s Reporting
  • Additional Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Fire danger will be somewhat moderated today, but dry fuels retain levels of concern. Unsettled weather today and through the weekend with several changes in wind direction and speed, rising temperatures and precipitation chances in some areas makes for a challenging analysis of fire danger.

Today, cooler temperatures and some scattered rain on the back side of the front will result in moderated fire danger concerns across much of the state. Precipitation this morning in parts of western Oklahoma has yet to hit the ground however rain chances will hold through the day generally east of I-44 with the best opportunity further south and east improving into the evening. Again the highest risk will be in the Panhandle, northwestern and western tier counties today where relative humidity values will fall below 30% this afternoon. Sky cover is expected to largely limit fine fuel moisture values from hitting critical values, but persistently dry fuels will support problematic fire behavior given the composite moisture values. Stout northerly winds during the morning are expected to diminish midday as they toggle to the south.

Saturday is likely to bring a noted return of fire danger to northwest Oklahoma with clearing skies, rising temperatures and relative humidity values falling below 20% again. At this time, winds in the area are forecast to be westerly transitioning to the north during the burning period 10-15 mph with higher gusts. Given the fuel moisture profile, any fire that becomes established is likely to exhibit resistance to control and problematic fire behavior.

Given the dynamics of the near-term weather, the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation will be issued both Saturday and Sunday.

Resources:

  • OFS Task Force
  • 1 – Air Attack Platform
  • 2 - Type 1 Helicopters
  • 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