Fire Situation Report – January 27, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/26/17 thru 01/27/17 

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

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 22 Acres (1-Incendiry)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 40 Acres (1-Incendiary

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: 

  • 1 Rx Fire Treating 80 Acres (Pittsburg County)

 * 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 01/26/17 thru 01/27/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: Dry conditions are expected to continue for the next seven days prompting gradually increasing fire danger. While no critical fire danger is in the forecast, moderate to very-high fire danger indices are expected to develop each day. Initial attack success is expected to be successful in large part, however fires occurring where heavy fuels are present are showing some resistance to suppression efforts.

A cool start this morning will give way to warming temperatures under clear skies with much of the state expected to realize afternoon temperatures in the mid-40°’s to low 50°’s. Marginal to moderate moisture recovery overnight will set the stage for afternoon relative humidity values 23-33% promoting receptive fine fuels registering as low as 6%. Northwest winds this afternoon at 12-18 mph with some gusts in excess of 20 mph will support the potential for rapid rates of fire spread in unsheltered fuels.

Through the weekend, fire danger is expected to ratchet up slightly. Again, no critical fire weather is forecast, but High and Very-High fire danger expected with dry and receptive fuels coupled with continued gusty northwest winds and slightly warmer temperatures. Saturday will bring very similar conditions to what develops this afternoon.

During the afternoon on Sunday, temperatures are expected to be slightly warmer along with wind gusts as high as 30 mph especially across western and northwestern Oklahoma. Rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels will be approaching 300 ft./min. at the head of an established fire during the peak of the burning period. We will be monitoring fire weather conditions through the weekend, and if there is a need for this report to be updated due to a change in fire weather or fire occurrence we will update accordingly.

No Burn Bans in Effect

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