Fire Situation Report – February 8, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/07/18 thru 0800 02/08/18 

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 recorded on 02/07/18 thru 02/08/18 

  • 1 Fire Burned 10 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Gene Autry FD Reporting
  • Additional Fire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

 Statewide Discussion:

Dry conditions, clear skies, above normal temperatures and south winds will deliver somewhat increased fire danger than has been observed in recent days. While the near-term forecast holds some optimism for precipitation, the amounts anticipated will do little more than provide a day or two of improved fine fuel moisture.

Panhandle/Western Tier: Temperatures in the low to mid- 60°’s this afternoon along with clear skies and dry conditions will result in fine-dead fuel moisture values of 5% as relative humidity values dip below 20%. Variable winds this morning will become southerly during the peak of the burning period at 15 mph with gusts around 20 mph. Grass dominated fuels in the area will deliver rates of spread 85-135 ft/min. Recent fires have exhibited growing resistance to control; however initial attack tactics are expected to be largely successful.

North and West of I-44: Drier air than what has been observed in recent days is expected as afternoon temperatures warn in to the 54°-60° degree range. Warm temperatures and relative humidity values 23-30% will push fine-dead fuel moisture to 6% at many locations. Going fires will be subjected to south winds 9-16 mph with some gusts in excess of 22 mph delivering rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels 85-120 ft/min. Taller and denser grasses in northern and parts of central Oklahoma will have potential to exhibit 150-200 ft/min with brush and timber fuels providing moderated spread rates of 15-50 ft/min. Single and group tree torching where juniper is present should be expected; however extreme fire behavior is unlikely.

South and East 0f I-44: Although light, recent precipitation placed a pause on worrisome fire danger. Temperatures today in the mid- to upper 50°’s and relative humidity values 25-35% this afternoon will prompt drying conditions as southerly winds 9-15 mph develop. New fires occurring should offer reasonable opportunity for successful initial attack.

Light, mixed precipitation is possible Friday evening in eastern and areas of northern Oklahoma and moderated fire danger are expected during the day. No significant fire concerns are anticipated with fire weather providing good opportunities for suppression of new fires.

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