Fire Situation Report – January 11, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/10/17 thru 01/11/17 

 NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 20 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 43 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 10 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

 Large 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 recorded on 01/10/17 thru 01/11/17

1 Fire Burned 1,350 Acres (est.) in Beaver County – Slapout FD Reporting

Initial attack activity noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:  Poor moisture recovery overnight again across the Panhandle and in northwest Oklahoma will lead to very receptive fuels early in the day today ahead of strengthening and expanding fire danger. High to very high fire danger indices will be present across much of northern and western Oklahoma as unseasonably warm temperatures, low relative humidity and strong southerly winds combine to create potential for challenging firefighting conditions this afternoon.

Panhandle/Northwest Oklahoma- Sustained windspeeds in the area will likely set up just below Watch/Warning criteria; however unseasonable warmth and very dry fuels will set the stage for the potential of a very active day of fire danger. Temperatures this afternoon 66°-74° and relative humidity values in the 16-22% range will drive fine-dead fuel moisture values to 5% with some locations hitting 4% later this afternoon. West-southwest winds 13-20 mph gusting as high as 25 mph will deliver rapid rates of fire spread given the low fuel moisture scenario should any fire become established. Rates of fire spread in typical grass fuels of 300 ft./min. are possible with grass/brush fuels at 250 ft./min. on going fires. Winds are expected to subside somewhat with sunset and become westerly in the overnight hours.

Western Oklahoma- Relative humidity values are expected to fall below 30% before noon with observations of 20-25% expected across the area by the peak of the burning period resulting in very dry fuels. Temperatures in the mid-70°’s to 80° along the Red River may push Rh values even lower in some locations. Windspeeds are forecast to be strongest mid-day with southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting at times near 30 mph. Rates of fire spread in fuels typical of the area are likely to exhibit very rapid rates of fire spread especially when fuels and topography are aligned with the winds.

Northeast/Northern Oklahoma- Warm temperatures, southerly winds this afternoon sustained at 20-25 mph and potential for gusts around 35 mph will result in the potential for problematic rates of fire spread as relative humidity values this afternoon of 26-35% dry fine fuels. Extreme rates of fire spread in excess of 350 ft./min. in grass fuels, and rapid rates of fire spread of 35-55 ft./min in timber fuels should be expected. Winds are expected to wane along with sunset along with good moisture recovery.

Southeast Oklahoma- Relative humidity values are not expected to fall much below 45% offering reasonable fine fuel moisture values; however sustained south winds this afternoon around 20 mph may prompt some erratic fire behavior.

Special Note to Firefighters: Fire weather and fuel conditions today will support large fire growth during initial attack. County Wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for mobilization in support of initial attack.

 County Declared Burn Bans:

LeFlore County through January 15, 2017

Pittsburg County through January 15, 2017

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