Fire Situation Report – January 10, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/09/18 thru 0800 01/010/18 

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

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/09/18 thru 01/10/18 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Strong southwest winds and unseasonably warm temperatures ahead of a cold front will drive fire danger today focused in western and Panhandle counties. Fortunately dew point temperatures will limit relative humidity from falling below 20%, and respectable overnight moisture recovery will somewhat stall the development of concerning fire danger. Nonetheless, fires that escape initial attack tactics this afternoon in western Oklahoma will have potential to exhibit rapid rates of fire spread for a period this afternoon.

The highest fire danger indices today will be in the far western tier of counties and in the Panhandle. Fine-dead fuel moisture values as low as 5% will be observed along and west of a line from Harper County to Tillman County with temperatures climbing into 68°-74° and relative humidity values as low as 22%. Strong south to southwest this afternoon 17-29 mph with gusts in excess of 30 mph probable will result in rates of fire spread in excess of 300 ft./min. where continuous, tall grasses are present. The cold front wind shift is not expected until the overnight hours.

Fire danger indices decline heading eastward with sky cover and elevated relative humidity values. Some precipitation chances will come with the cold front passage, but some moderation in Thursday’s fire danger will come from cooler temperatures and elevated relative humidity values.

Special Note To Firefighters:

With the potential for problematic fire behavior and rapid rates of fire spread this afternoon in western Oklahoma, localized mobilization of County Wildland Task Force resources may occur. Task Force Leaders are encouraged to assess the readiness of resources in advance of potential mobilization.

County Declared Burn Bans: 

Alfalfa County through 01/15/18 - Jefferson County through 01/15/18

Beaver County through 01/15/18 - Major County through 01/15/18

Cimarron County through 01/22/18 - Woodward County through 01/15/18

Coal County through 01/15/18 

Harper County through 01/15/18 

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