Fire Situation Report – February 9, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/08/17 thru 02/09/17 

 NE Area – 6 Fires Burned 73.1 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary)

EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 486 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)

SE Area – 8 Fires Burned 744 Acres (Cause: 6-Escaped Debris, 2-Escaped Debris)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Wesley Fire (Atoka County) – 500 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Sugarloaf 1 Fire (LeFlore County) – 300 Acres, 25% Contained
  • Nashoba Y Fire (Pushmataha County) – 110 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Rock Creek Fire (LeFlore County) – 134 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Pigeon Mountain Fire (LeFlore County) – 846 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Beaver Mountain Fire (Haskell County – 5,240 Acres, 90% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • 2 Fires Burned 310 Acres (Cause 2-Escaped Debris)
  • West Main Amber (Grady County) – 300 Acres, 75% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 02/08/17 thru 02/09/17

No New Activity Reportes

Multiple new fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: Notable fire activity yesterday in both central and eastern Oklahoma highlights the current state of fuels across all of the size classes. Dormant fine fuels are exhibiting effects of cumulative drying and large fuels are expressing the effects of sustained drying indicative of the drought indices present across Oklahoma. Many fire personnel are reporting increasing resistance to control especially in brush and timber fuel models. Fire danger is expected to increase into the weekend with very warm temperatures, falling relative humidity and increasing winds ahead of a cold front that is currently expected to arrive in western Oklahoma Sunday morning moving across Oklahoma through the day. Watch/Warning criteria will likely be met for parts of western Oklahoma on Saturday with near-critical conditions across the bulk of the state.

Today, elevated fire danger holds in place with relative humidity values generally below 35% and southerly winds with some stiff gusts in western Oklahoma.

Eastern Oklahoma – Low 100 and 1,000 hr. fuel moistures have contributed significantly to fire behavior for some time now increasing challenges during fire suppression. Temperatures in the upper-40°’s to mid-50°’s and relative humidity values around 30% will result in fine fuel moisture values of 6%, Receptive fine fuels and very dry large fuels will be subject to light southeast winds this afternoon limiting fire spread potential.

Central Oklahoma - 51°-58°, mostly clear skies and afternoon relative humidity values 25-30% will prompt readily available fuels. South winds 10-15 mph with limited gusts should deliver reduced rates of fire spread compared to previous days.

Western Oklahoma/Panhandle – There is potential for some wind gusts of around 20 mph this afternoon with sustained winds 10-15 mph out of the south. Temperatures in the Panhandle are expected to be near 70° and Rh values as low as 18% are expected. Much of western Oklahoma will see moderated temperature near 55° and relative humidity values this afternoon 25-30% (some locations may see slightly drier conditions). Rate of spread in typical native grasses approaching 300 ft./min. especially where wind and topography are aligned with uniform fuels should be anticipated.

Several County Burn Bans are Active: For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: