Fire Situation Report – February 17, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 40 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Electrical)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.3 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment)

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 02/16/17 thru 02/17/17

6 Fire Burned 645.7 Acres (Cause: 3-Escaped Debris, 3-Misc.)

360 Fire (Rogers County) – 638 Acres, 75% Contained

Statewide Discussion: Initial attack activity resumed yesterday with some large fire occurrence in grass dominated fuels. Fire behavior observations in timber fuels indicate a slight moderation following the wetting rains early in the week. Above normal temperatures, dry conditions and limited sky cover today will support increasing fuel receptiveness and correlation to increasing initial attack. Large fire activity is still possible, however lighter winds today will moderate rates of fire spread from observations yesterday.

The highest fire danger today will again be in northeastern Oklahoma north of US 412 and east of US 177. Above normal temperatures in the 70°’s, clear skies and relative humidity values around 30% this afternoon will result in readily receptive fuels by mid-day. South winds will be lighter than experienced yesterday at 5-15 mph with some gusts approaching 20 mph especially along the Kansas border.

Dry conditions will prevail over Oklahoma today and significant drying is expected in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma as temperatures approach 70° and relative humidity values this afternoon fall into the 15-20% range. Fortunately, windspeeds are not expected to be problematic with south winds around 10 mph and only limited gusts. It should be noted that winds in the Panhandle are expected to shift towards the north later in the afternoon.

Dry conditions are expected to persist into Saturday ahead of a low pressure system providing another opportunity for precipitation on Sunday. Saturday will be dry, however higher relative humidity values and forecast light winds will moderate fire danger to some extent.

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