Fire Situation Report – January 17, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/16/18 thru 0800 01/17/18 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 14.7 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary)

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 recorded on 01/16/18 thru 01/17/18 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

A warming trend moving temperatures from below normal to well above normal into the weekend will result in gradually increasing fire danger with dry conditions statewide through Friday. While no critical fire weather is expected, composite fuel moisture will support the potential for increased initial attack activity with emphasis in southwest Oklahoma. Sunday will bring the best opportunity for wetting precipitation over eastern Oklahoma along with some opportunity for mixed precipitation in the northwestern counties.

Dry conditions today will lead to a short period of elevated fire danger this afternoon as temperatures move above freezing following a bitter start and relative humidity values drop into the 19%-25% range across the western half of the state. Relative humidity values of 25%-35% will be realized in the eastern half of the state. Grass and other light fuels may briefly hit 5% in far southwestern Oklahoma and 6% in the Panhandle, but generally settle to 7-8% over most of the state excluding those areas of northeastern Oklahoma where light snow cover persists. Light and variable winds during the morning hours will develop into southerly around 10 mph with some gusts in western counties near 20 mph facilitating rates of spread near 100 ft./min. in unsheltered, grass dominated fuels.

Elevated fire danger is expected both Friday and Saturday afternoon with above normal temperatures and dry conditions in place. Presently, a general increase in initial attack activity is anticipated with respectable probability of initial attack success. Given the compressed burning periods, low probability of significant fire occurrence is expected.

County Declared Burn Bans: 

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