Fire Situation Report – January 18, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 8 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 6.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Escaped 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 recorded on 01/17/18 thru 01/18/18 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • FAA Reported Fire near Elk City – approximately 50 Acres

Statewide Discussion:

Dry conditions and warming temperatures will encourage increasing fire danger into the weekend ahead of a system that is poised to bring opportunity for precipitation in eastern Oklahoma Sunday while pushing potential for near-critical fire weather conditions in western Oklahoma over very dry fuels.

The highest fire danger today will be present generally west of I-35 where moisture starved fuels are present; however very dry air will encourage increased fuel receptiveness in southeast Oklahoma as well today following a bitter start.

  • In the Panhandle and far northwest counties, temperatures will warm rapidly in the afternoon to 54°-62° and with low dew point temperature readings it is anticipated that relative humidity values will settle into the 10%-18% range. Fine fuels will be very receptive with 5% and potentially 4% observations if temperatures exceed the forecast and probability of ignition will be near 70% with no appreciable sky cover. Fortunately, southwest winds are forecast to be southwest this afternoon 7-10 mph with little gust presence limiting fire spread and facilitating good opportunity for successful initial attack.
  • West of US 177, temperatures will warm to 48°-53° with relative humidity values 24%-31% and fine-dead fuel moisture values 6% west and 7% central. Southwest winds 7-10 mph with some gusts in excess of 20 mph this afternoon will facilitate moderate rates of fire spread. It is expected that fires will transition toward increasing fire suppression resistance moving closer to the weekend.
  • Some snow cover remains in northeastern Oklahoma; however that is expected to melt/evaporate with warming temperatures. Dry air will encourage rapidly declining relative humidity values in eastern and southeastern Oklahoma despite temperatures in the mid-40°’s. Relative humidity values will dip below 30% just after the noon hour and observations as low as 22% will be realized during the peak of the burning period driving fine-dead fuel moisture values near 6%. Winds will generally be southwest around 10 mph limiting fire spread potential in large part.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Cimarron County effective Saturday ahead of above normal temperatures and increasing southwest winds. A cold front moving across Oklahoma on Sunday is set to drive increased fire danger in the pre-frontal environment. Currently, Sunday is expected to present the most significant risk primarily in western Oklahoma where a very dry fuel moisture scenario is firmly in place.

County Declared Burn Bans: 

Alfalfa, Beaver, Cimarron, Grant, Harper, Jefferson, Major, Texas and Woodward. 

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