Fire Situation Report – January 23, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/20/17 thru 01/23/17 


NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 75 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

 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 01/20/17 thru 01/23/17

2 Fires Burned 125 Acres (Cause: 2-Equipment) Pernell & Eldorado FD’s Reporting

Additional Fire Activity Noted Through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:  Somewhat disappointing precipitation totals yesterday morning were followed by clearing skies and stiff winds that served to rapidly dry fuels setting the stage for fire danger elevating today into Tuesday. A generally dry pattern appears to be setting up combined with longer periods of daylight driving lengthier burning periods. The highest fire danger today will reside in western Oklahoma extending across much southwest Oklahoma up the western tier of counties and into the Panhandle; however elevated fire danger will be present across much of the state.

Today… In western Oklahoma including the Panhandle counties, temperatures 60°-67° with relative humidity values this afternoon 26-32% and ample solar exposure on fuels will result in very receptive fuels. Winds in this area out of the south 15-20 mph with gusts in excess of 25 mph at times will result in the potential for rapid rates of fire spread in homogenous fuels. Fire danger will gradually diminish heading east as forecast winds along the I-35 corridor will be south at 15 mph with limited gusts and reduced velocities expected further east.

Tuesday…Tuesday will likely bring fire weather conditions that will bump watch/warning criteria in western Oklahoma and bring much drier fuel conditions to eastern Oklahoma. Sustained southwest winds around 25 mph are expected across much of the western half of Oklahoma with the strongest gusts – near 40 mph - reserved for southwestern Oklahoma. Very rapid rates of fire spread are anticipated tomorrow along with a cold front shifting winds for southwest to northwest Tuesday night.

Special Note to Firefighters: Given the current fire weather forecast, County Wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for potential mobilization in support of fire suppression activities on Tuesday. Oklahoma Forestry services will likely preposition Engine/Dozer Task Force Resources nearer to where critical fire weather is anticipated.

No Burn Bans in Effect

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