Fire Situation Report – January 24, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/23/17 thru 01/24/17 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 2 Fire Burned 5.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 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 01/23/17 thru 01/24/17

No New Activity reported in the Fire Reporting System

Additional Fire Activity Noted Through Media Outlet 

Statewide Discussion:  Red Flag Warning issued for all of western Oklahoma and many north-central counties for today from Noon through 7:00 PM. Critical fire weather will be present ahead of a cold front that will enter northwestern Oklahoma this evening. Firefighters should expect rapid to extreme rates of fire spread along with elevated fireline intensity. The highest fire danger indices will be present in southwestern Oklahoma today where winds will be of the highest velocity sustained 25-30 mph along with gusts near 40 mph. Warm temperatures, low relative humidity and persistent winds will translate into high to extreme fire danger across all of Oklahoma today and rapid to extreme rates of fire spread.

Southwest Oklahoma – Relative humidity values 14-20% will work with temperatures in the mid-70°’s to drive fine-dead fuel moisture as low as 4% with probability of ignition from a firebrand 70% or greater. Extreme rates of fire spread are probable on any fire that becomes established pushed by southwest winds sustained 25-30 mph with gusts at times near or in excess of 40 mph. Rates of fire spread at the head of a going fire in pasture grasses will likely be in the 300 ft./min range with uniform native grasses and grass/shrub fuel types exceeding 300 ft./min. Winds are expected to somewhat subside after sunset; however the cold front will effect direction of fire spread as winds shift from the southwest to west sometime after 1900 hours then northwest after midnight.

Northwest Oklahoma – The driest air will reside in northwest Oklahoma where relative humidity values will rapidly fall into the low teens by early afternoon. Temperatures across the Panhandle will lie just beneath critical threshold; however no appreciable discount in fire behavior will be realized. Across the Northwest/Panhandle counties, temperatures ranging from 54°-70° along with relative humidity values 12-20% will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture of 5-6% this afternoon. Southwest to west winds15-25 mph with gusts near 35 mph at times will prevail during the peak of the burning period driving very-rapid to extreme rates of fire spread. The approaching cold front is forecast to enter the area this evening with winds shifting from the southwest to west during the peak of the burning period and then out of the north just after sunset.

Central and Northern Oklahoma - Temperatures in the mid-70°’s along with relative humidity values 18-25% will result in very receptive fuels this afternoon. South winds 15-20 mph will result in very rapid rates of spread in grass dominated fuels and rapid rates of spread in timber litter fuels. Gusts in the more grass dominated areas in northern Oklahoma will likely max near 30 mph at times during the peak of the burning period. Cold front influence is expected to begin to result in winds slowly shifting from the south to southwest around 1500-1600 hours and then diminishing to the northwest in the early morning hours.

Along the eastern tier of counties, relative humidity values will reside just above critical levels near 30%. Winds will be around 15 mph with some sporadic gusts approaching 20 mph. Fuels will be receptive, however initial attack success is expected to be good in large part.

The cold front moving across Oklahoma this evening is expected to be dry and persistent fire danger continuing through the week. Temperatures are expected to be more seasonable with moderated relative humidity values.

Special Note to Firefighters:

County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for mobilization in support of dynamic initial attack.

Oklahoma Forestry Services will have Task Forces Resources prepositioned for initial and extended attack in central and western Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Forestry Services has requested National Guard helicopters be prepared for mobilization in support of fire suppression.

To Request Resources: Incident Resource Hotline (800)800-2481

No Burn Bans in Effect

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