Fire Situation Report – January 23, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/22/18 thru 0800 01/23/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Tabler Road Fire (Love County) – 1,000 Acres(est.) with Damage Assessment Ongoing, 50% Contained

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 01/22/18 thru 01/23/18 

  • 3 Fires Burned 113 Acres (2-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment) Weatherford & Jacktown FD’s Reporting
  • Additional Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

Much lighter winds today significantly reduce the rate of fire spread; however dry air will be present statewide prompting receptive fuels in western and central Oklahoma as well as promoting drying conditions in eastern and southeastern counties where rain dampened fuels Sunday. There are some rain chances in parts of eastern and southeastern Oklahoma toward week’s end, but fire danger will again spike upward for western and central Oklahoma with Thursday presenting the most notable challenge. A Fire Weather Watch is effective for the Oklahoma Panhandle for Thursday.

Reduced rates of fire spread today with much lighter winds should provide for good initial attack success probability. Relative humidity values this afternoon in the Panhandle and western tier of counties will likely fall below 20% with afternoon temperatures near 50°-57° and fine-dead fuel moisture very receptive at 5%. Given today’s forecast wide spread observations of 6-7% fine fuel moisture combined with moderate overnight moisture recovery and little sky cover will result in a receptive fire environment this afternoon across most of Oklahoma. Rates of fire spread in grass fuels are not expected to exceed 100 ft./min.

Southwest winds return Wednesday encouraging increasing fire danger into Thursday. Relative humidity values near 25% or lower across the western half of Oklahoma will retain receptive fuels. Rates of spread on Wednesday are not expected to be overly concerning although an uptick over today is expected.

Resources Available:

  • OFS Task Force (Engines/Dozers) Pre-positioned for response.
  • OHP/OFS Aerial Observation
  • County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mutual aid response.

County Declared Burn Bans: 

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