Fire Situation Report – February 2, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/01/18 thru 0800 02/02/18 

 NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 60 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 114 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 6 Fires Burned 19.2 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Duncan Hollow Fire (Mayes County) – 288 Acres, 75% Contained

 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 02/01/18 thru 02/02/18 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Additional fires were noted through media outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Cooler temperatures today, but low dew point temperatures will facilitate falling relative humidity values supporting very receptive fine fuels statewide. Somewhat improved fine fuel moisture values are expected this weekend during the burning periods, and initial attack actions are expected to be successful in large part for Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures today in Oklahoma will top out at 44°-53° following a cool start. Low dew point temperature and only moderate overnight moisture recovery will facilitate fine fuel moisture values this afternoon of 5-6% across most of Oklahoma with relative humidity observations of 19-27% are expected. Light and variable winds this morning will develop to southerly this afternoon. The bulk of the state should expect wind speeds 5-15 mph with limited gusts the eastern and central regions ad some gusts near 20 mph in the west. Wind speeds in the Panhandle will be nearer to 20 mph with some higher gusts. Rates of fire spread today should provide respectable opportunity for initial attack success; however there is potential for problematic fire behavior in fuels where brush (including juniper) and grass are intermixed. Single and group tree torching should be expected, but wind speeds will limit spotting distances today. Additionally, surging fire behavior may occur where winds are aligned with topographic features where continuous fuels are present.

High fire danger indices will likely develop Saturday afternoon in the Panhandle, northwestern and western tier of counties with relative humidity values 17-25% as temperatures warm into the low- to mid-60°’s. Westerly winds in the morning will transition to the north by afternoon 10-15 mph with some gusts of 20 mph. Rates of fire spread of 100-135 ft/min at the head fire should provide reasonable opportunity for successful initial attack. Elsewhere, improved relative humidity values and sky cover in the east will hold fine fuel moisture values above critical levels. Minimal rain chances in southeastern Oklahoma enter the forecast Saturday night, but are not expected to be of much effect.

Sunday, similar fire danger indices to Saturday expected. Dry fuels in place, northerly winds driving moderate rates of fire spread and good overnight moisture recovery. Again, initial attack success probability is expected to good.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Many fire departments will be busy with initial attack response and/or meeting at the station to work on equipment through the weekend. Taking a few minutes to review effective firefighting tactics and fireline safety is encouraged as this fire season is presently poised to be long and troublesome. The Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate series offers brief, topic-driven training opportunities intended for fire departments and wildland agencies to facilitate informal training. As the name suggests, these discussions can be conducted at an engine tailgate, in the fire house, or just about anywhere else. Issues that cover several pertinent topics can be found at www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate .

Burn Ban Status: 

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