Fire Situation Report – January 16, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/12/18 thru 0800 01/16/18 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 115 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 0.7 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

 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 01/12/18 thru 01/16/18 

  • 1 Fire Burned 15 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)
  • Additional Activity Noted in Media Reports

Statewide Discussion:

Very cold temperatures will serve to hold fine-dead fuel moisture above critical values despite low dew point temperatures facilitating relative humidity values in the 16%-25% range across a large portion of southwestern and western Oklahoma. Wintry and mixed precipitation over the weekend in northeast and some scattered areas of eastern Oklahoma will dampen fire danger temporarily, however dry atmospheric conditions will encourage sublimation of the light snow cover and a return of fire danger with increasing temperatures through the week.

Southwest Oklahoma will see relative humidity values dip into the teens this afternoon. Fine-dead fuel moisture will be limited by temperatures remaining below freezing today, but still remaining receptive to ignition given the extended dry period and lengthening separation from wetting rains. Additionally, receptive fuels are expected across much of western and central Oklahoma as well with relative humidity values in the 25%-35% range. Northerly winds 9-14 mph with limited gusts will hold fire spread in the low to moderate range facilitating good probability of initial attack strategies.

A notable warming trend through the week will elevate fuel receptiveness and increasing fire danger into the weekend as dry conditions prevail and winds transition to southerly with an uptick in intensity. No significant fire danger is expected to develop in the near-term, but increasing initial attack activity should be expected.

Special Note to Firefighters:

It has been widely publicized that the extended outlook through winter and into spring points toward above normal fire potential statewide as well as regionally. Armed with that information, now is a good time to prepare for the potential of incidents escaping initial attack and requiring more complex extended attack. Preparing for increased complexity and expanded incident command needs from the onset of an incident provides a solid foundation to expand and then contract the incident command structure commensurate with the need. Many of the foundational steps to be taken when incident complexity expands are addressed in the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue “Expanding Incidents”. Consider utilizing this tool to facilitate a unit or department discussion on the steps and preparations to be considered.

The Expanding Incidents issue of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate can be found at: https://forestry.publishpath.com/Websites/forestry/images/Tailgate_Final_July_2015.pdf

County Declared Burn Bans: 

Cimarron County through 01/22/18 - Texas County through 01/28/18 

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