Fire Situation Report – January 9, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/03/17 thru 01/09/17 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 22 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.2 Acres (Cause: 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: 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 01/03/17 thru 01/09/17

2 Fires burned 1.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment)– Pickett Center and Eldorado FD’s Reporting

Statewide Discussion:  Very dry snow cover from late last week has largely vanished with little to no effect on fuel moisture or fire danger. Rural fire departments were active yesterday afternoon as temperatures warmed, relative humidity values dropped and winds increased - more of the same is expected today.

Moderate to high fire danger indices will likely fall into place this afternoon, with the highest fire danger across the Panhandle and far western Oklahoma where temperatures 60°-66°, minimal sky cover and relative humidity values around 35% will result in readily available fine fuels. South to southwest winds 15-20 mph accompanied with gusts around 25 mph will support the potential for rapid rates of fire spread.

Eastern and central Oklahoma will benefit from higher dewpoint temperatures today limiting relative humidity values from falling into troublesome ranges. However, fuels are dormant, dry and available. Southerly winds around 15 mph along with gusts this afternoon at 20-25 mph may result in quick moving fires in grass fuels. Some fire activity is expected across the area with good probability of initial attack success.

Elevated fire danger is again expected tomorrow with much higher fire danger indices on Wednesday when temperatures near 70°, dry air and stiff winds are forecast ahead of a cold front that will bring a weather system that presently has problematic potential with icing.

 County Declared Burn Bans:

LeFlore County through Monday, January 9, 2017

Choctaw County through February 1, 2017

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