Fire Situation Report – February 18, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/017/18 thru 0800 02/18/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – Statistics not available at time of report

SE Area – 

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 02/17/18 thru 02/18/18 

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

Statewide Discussion:

Red Flag Warning will be in effect for Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woodward and Ellis Counties today beginning at Noon with critical fire weather expected into early evening. In the warned area temperatures 70°-79° and afternoon relative humidity values in the 9-22%. Sky cover in the northwest and Panhandle is not expected to shade fuels with fine-dead fuel moisture during peak burning conditions of 4% and some sites in the western sections of the Warned Area as low as 3%. Rapid to extreme rates of fire spread should be expected with the very dry fuels and south-southwest winds 20-30 mph gusting in excess of 35 mph. Grass dominated fuels in the area will support rates of fire spread in excess of 300 ft/min (3.5 mph) and flame length 12-22 ft. Probability of Ignition will exceed 70% during the afternoon hours indicating that numerous spot fires should be expected from any going fire. On the periphery of the Warned Area, temperatures in the mid-60°’s and relative humidity values 25-35% will also promote receptive fuels. Very rapid rates of fire spread should be expected on any fire that becomes established with southerly winds 20-25 mph gusting to around 30 mph.

Drying conditions in western, northern and central Oklahoma yesterday were strong with very dry conditions during the afternoon hours. Today, gusty south winds will promote another strong drying day for much of western and northern Oklahoma, while some chance of rain will be in place across southeast and southern tier of counties.

Elevated fire danger is expected on Monday in western Oklahoma with temperatures again in the mid-70°’s, relative humidity values in the teens and breezy southwest winds.

Resources:

  • OFS Task Force
  • 1 – Air Attack Platform
  • 1 – Type 1 Airtanker and Aerial Supervision Module
  • 2 - Type 1 Helicopters
  • 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