Fire Situation Report – February 5, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/02/18 thru 0800 02/05/18 

NE Area – 10 Fires Burned 168.9 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 35 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 9 Fires Burned 121.5 Acres (Cause: 8-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

 Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Duncan Hollow Fire (Mayes County) – 340 Acres, 95% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • East & West Buford Fires (Osage County/) – 8,039 Acres, 40% Contained (BIA & Hominy FD Reporting)
    • OKNG Aircraft Dispatched

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 

  • 1 Rx Fire Treating 145 Acres 

 FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 02/02/18 thru 02/05/18 

  • 1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Equipment) Sentinel FD Reporting
  • Additional fires were noted through media outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Dry conditions through the weekend and very dry fuel moisture values held fire danger in place with fire activity continuing. Fuels have become increasingly resistant to suppression efforts in many areas, and fire behavior during large fire occurrence in northern Oklahoma this weekend with moderated fire weather indices in place is noted. There are two opportunities for precipitation in the forecast this week; however little change to longer term composite fuel moisture values is expected with the best opportunity of wetting precipitation in parts of eastern Oklahoma.

Wintry precipitation in far northeastern Oklahoma yesterday will calm fire danger locally in that area, but the majority of the state remains very dry. A cold start to the day will compress the peak burning conditions to a short period in the afternoon as temperatures warm and relative humidity values drop. The greatest fire danger today will exist in the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma where relative humidity values will fall into the 17-25% range as temperatures warm to 57°-66°. Fine-dead fuel moisture may briefly hit 5% this afternoon and fires that occur will be subjected to west wind transitioning to the north at 12-16 mph gusting near 20 mph driving moderate rates of fire spread.

Overall, fire danger will be moderate to high with fine fuel moisture values in most areas at 7% or greater. Southerly winds during the burning period will 10-20 mph with higher gusts will support moderate rates of fire spread, and fire personnel should note the increasing resistance to suppression efforts.

A mix of wintry precipitation enters the forecast for Tuesday with some promise of a short respite from elevated fire danger. The current forecast amounts will do little to sway seasonal fire danger.

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Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF