Fire Situation Report – February 23, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/22/18 thru 0800 02/23/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

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 02/22/18 thru 02/23/18 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

A Fire Weather Watch is currently in effect for Saturday in the western Panhandle. Wetting precipitation across the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma has greatly reduced fire danger in the near-term, but the western third of the state is likely to see a quick return to fire danger given any drying period.

Oklahoma Panhandle - A cold start in the Panhandle will stall development of concerning fire danger today; however drying conditions will develop today with temperature warming to 50°, relative humidity dipping below 30% and winds shifting to the southeast this afternoon sustained 12-15 mph with gusts in excess of 20 mph. On Saturday, a cold front passing through the area during the peak of the burning period will encourage increased fire danger prompting the Fire Weather Watch. In the Panhandle area, temperatures 45°-50° on Saturday combined with afternoon relative humidity values 17-28% will facilitate a receptive fire environment. Southwest winds will shift northwest with a frontal passage sustained 20-25 mph gusting near 35 mph driving rapid rates of fire spread. Dry conditions will continue into Sunday; however forecast lighter winds will moderate fire spread potential.

Western Oklahoma - A dry line pushing east on Saturday may encourage drying conditions in the western tier of counties. Sunday will likely present much drier conditions in far western Oklahoma with relative humidity values 17-25% as temperatures warm to the 50°’s in the Panhandle to the mid-60°’s in southwest Oklahoma. Winds will shift to west through the day sustained 10-17 mph with some gusts near 25 mph potentially. While no fire outbreak is expected, moderate to rapid fire spread potential should be expected, although good moisture recovery may limit the depth of drying during the burning period.

In central and eastern Oklahoma, no significant fire danger is anticipated through the weekend.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Dormant fuels will likely react quickly to drying conditions and support fire activity well ahead of soils drying back out. Firefighters are encouraged to scout areas where engines and equipment will be utilized off-road ahead of committing an apparatus to the fireline. Engine crews should be prepared to attack from the black mitigating burn-over hazards should the engine become stuck.

Resources:

  • 1 – Air Attack Platform
  • 1 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Aerial Supervision Module
  • 2 - Single Engine Air Tankers
  • 2 - Type 1 Helicopters
  • OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status:

***Governor’s Burn Ban is presently under review, please check the site referenced below for the most current information***

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