Fire Situation Report – January 19, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/17/17 thru 01/19/17 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – No New Activity

 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 01/17/17 thru 01/19/17

No New Activity Reported; however some initial activity noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:  No significant fire danger forecast for today, but locally elevated fire danger indices will creep back into the picture for tomorrow afternoon.

The winter storm that delivered rain, snow, sleet and ice to Oklahoma last weekend calmed fire danger through much of this week; however warm, dry and windy conditions are expected to return to southwest Oklahoma tomorrow elevating fire danger. While watch/warning criteria are not expected to be met, southwest winds around 20 mph with gusts near 30 mph at times combined with relative humidity values in the 30% range will encourage fine-fuel availability in the afternoon. Preliminarily, the focus is on counties south and west of a line from Roger Mills County to Jefferson County. The outlook will be refined tomorrow morning.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Recent precipitation has resulted in some areas regaining soil moisture which may prove difficult to traverse with fire engines. Nonetheless, dry and dormant fuels combined with unseasonably warm temperatures, stiff winds and low relative humidity can produce rapid rates of fire spread in typical Oklahoma fuels. Utilize safe and effective engine tactics by establishing an anchor point and progressing up the fire flanks while working from the black. Avoid attacking from “green” (unburned) fuels especially in areas where soft soils may result in stuck engines. Take a few moments to reference the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue that focuses on Engine Tactics. This issue can be found at .

No Burn Bans in Effect

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