Fire Situation Report – November 13, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/06/17 thru 11/13/17 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 334 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 58 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • KIRBY Flats Fire (Delaware County) – 300 Acres (est), 95% Contained

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 11/06/17 thru 11/13/17

 2 Fires Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 2-Equipment) Wayne FD Reporting

Statewide Discussion:

No significant fire weather expected today across Oklahoma. Temperatures in the mid-50°’s to mid-60°’s, ample sky cover and dewpoint temperatures limiting relative humidity from falling into ranges that will support active burning conditions along with some chance of light precipitation today will provide good opportunity for successful initial attack.

Lagging precipitation totals in the last thirty days and the majority of the state registering 21-39 days departure from wetting rains has resulted in a downward trend in larger diameter fuel moisture and rapid curing of freeze-affected herbaceous fuels. Cool season grasses continue to hold on in many areas; however lagging precipitation has resulted in increased availability of those remaining live herbaceous fuels. Leaf-fall is gradually reducing the shading/sheltering effect in timber fuels translating into the expectation of increasing fire behavior potential as the curing process continues.

The next opportunity for a noted uptick in fire danger is presently forecast to come on Friday as a strong cold front moves into Oklahoma. The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be issued on Thursday, November 16 to address the potential for Friday and weekend fire danger unless fire weather or fire danger merits otherwise.

Special Note to the Public:

Big game hunting seasons are in full swing and hunters across the state will enjoy the beauty and bounty that Oklahoma has to offer. Please exercise fire prevention when in the field!

Avoid parking vehicles with hot exhaust in tall, dry grass fuels as the catalytic converter may spark a fire.

Ensure that spark arrestors are utilized on ATV’s and other off-road vehicles.

Drown your campfires before heading to the field.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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