Fire Situation Report – January 9, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/08/18 thru 0800 01/09/18 

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: 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 01/08/18 thru 01/09/18

  • 1 Fires Burned 10 Acres (Cause: 1-Electrical) Guymon FD Reporting

Statewide Discussion:

Unseasonably warm temperatures across much of western Oklahoma will result in elevated fire danger this afternoon while eastern areas east of I-35 will see a continuation of low fire danger indices following the precipitation occurring Sunday.

The highest fire danger today will be present along and west of a line from Woods County to Jackson County encompassing the western quarter of Oklahoma. In western and northwest Oklahoma temperatures in the upper 60°’sand relative humidity values 22-28% will translate into fine-dead fuel moisture values broadly of 7% with pockets of 6%. South winds around 15 mph with some gusts near 25 mph will result in rates of spread between 100-150 ft./min. In the Panhandle counties, temperatures are expected to push into the 72°-77° range this afternoon driving relative humidity values near 15% and fin fuel moisture values to 5% with some locations potentially registering 4%. Fuels will be very receptive and any fire that becomes established will be subjected to west to south winds near 10 mph and some gusts as high as 20 mph. Rates of fire spread near 200 ft./min. should be expected in unsheltered fuels typical in the area especially where topography is aligned with winds.

Wednesday and Thursday will present increased fire danger with dry conditions and increasing winds ahead of a strong cold front moving into Oklahoma later Wednesday.

Special Note to Firefighters:

The arrival of a strong cold front in the state late Wednesday will result in shifting winds as it moves through the state.. Keep current on the location of the cold front throughout the day and into the evening and overnight hours. While fighting fire today be aware of the possible impacts of the shifting winds on fire behavior and changing direction of spread.

Passage of a cold front prompts a clockwise shift in wind direction that generally includes an increase in wind velocity. The effect on the fire ground results in both increased rates of spread and a shift in head fire direction. The east southeast flank of the fire has potential to turn into the head fire. Insure that an anchor point is established and control lines are secure.


County Declared Burn Bans: 

Alfalfa County through 01/15/18 - Jefferson County through 01/15/18

Beaver County through 01/15/18 - Harper County through 01/15/18

Cimarron County through 01/22/18 - Major County through 01/15/18

Coal County through 01/15/18 - Texas County through 01/09/18

Delaware County through 01/09/18 - Woodward County through 01/15/18



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