Fire Situation Report – January 25, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/24/18 thru 0800 01/25/18 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 10.1 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – No New Activity

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

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/24/18 thru 01/25/18 

  • No New Activity Reported
  • Additional Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:

A large area of Oklahoma is under a Red Flag warning today. All counties west of a line from Ottawa County in far northeast Oklahoma to Cotton County in the southwest are likely to meet critical fire weather thresholds midday extending through the evening hours. Areas of poor overnight moisture recovery will encourage the early development of enhanced fuels receptiveness effectively extending the length of the burning period today. Above normal temperatures, gusty south winds and low relative humidity combined with critically dry wildland fuels will lead to increased probability of new fire occurrence and very rapid to extreme rates of fire spread. Conditions will only slightly moderate on Friday with some chances of precipitation developing in eastern and southeastern Oklahoma into the evening hours.

Widespread very-high to extreme fire danger indices are expected today with the most intense fire danger existing in the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma. Firefighters should expect problematic fire behavior and the potential for extreme rates of fire spread. Fireline intensity today will limit direct attack success and prohibit frontal assault near the head fire.

Panhandle / Northwestern Oklahoma: Poor overnight moisture recovery will encourage early development of the burning period today. Relative humidity values this morning in the upper 20%’s will lead to very dry fine fuels this afternoon supporting extreme rates of fire spread on an established fire. Fine-dead fuel moisture values this afternoon around 4% with some locations registering 3% are expected as temperatures 65°-70°, low relative humidity values 7-12% under clear skies. Southerly winds will intensify by midday to 20-28 mph gusting at time in excess of 35 mph driving the potential for extreme rates of fire spread. In continuous, grass-dominated fuels expect rates of fire spread near 250 ft/min (2.8 mph). With Probability of Ignition pushing above 70%, expect frequent spot fires and the potential for extended range spotting.

Western / Northern Oklahoma: Temperatures 63°-67° and relative humidity values in the 13-20% range will result in wide spread fine fuel moisture values of 5% with multiple locations likely falling into the 4% category. South winds 15-23 mph gusting in excess of 25 mph will yield rates of fire spread in excess of 200 ft/min in pasture, but expect rates as rapid as 300 ft/min in continuous tall grasses taller than 3 feet.

Central/Eastern Oklahoma: Fine fuel moisture values 5-6% are expected driving the likelihood for above normal new fire occurrence probability as temperatures warm into the mid- to upper-60°’s and relative humidity falls into the 17-26% category range. South winds 10-18 gusting to above 20 mph will facilitate rapid rates of fire spread in grass fuels and the potential for moderate rates of spread in timber fuels. Expect problematic fire behavior in transitional fuels where grasses give way to brush then timber.

Resources Available:

OFS Task Forces National Guard Helicopters OHP/OFS Aerial Recon

  • County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for Mutual Aid Response

County Declared Burn Bans: 

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info