Fire Situation Report – November 14, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/07/16 thru 11/14/16  

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 28Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 6.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Structure)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 9.5 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary))

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No 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 11/07/16 thru 11/14/16

  • No Activity Reported

*These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: Predominantly dry conditions over the last five dayscontinuing for the majority of the week ahead will lead to building fire danger concerns into Thursday as above normal temperatures continue before a cold front arrives.

Today, relative humidity generally above 30% (excluding the Panhandle where it will dip into the 20%’s) will hold fine-dead fuel moisture in a manageable range. Winds will be variable this morning in eastern Oklahoma developing into light westerly winds this afternoon while north winds 5-10 mph gusting up to 20 mph in western Oklahoma will yield moderate rates of fire spread. Tuesday is expected to present increasing fire danger indices as above normal temperatures top out in the upper 70°’s and aid in driving the relative humidity values into the 25-35% range across much of Oklahoma with values as low as 16% possible in the Panhandle. Fine fuels will be receptive on Tuesday, however light west-southwest winds will limit rates of fire spread providing good probability of success during initial attack of wildfires.

Wind will be a factor beginning on Wednesday as warm and dry conditions continue. Rate of fire spread where abundant fine-dead fuels are present is expected to increase pushed by south winds 10-15 mph gusting to near 30 mph across western Oklahoma. Given the current fire weather forecast, Thursday is expected to present the highest fire danger indices this week ahead of a cold front that is forecast to enter Oklahoma Thursday night and move across the state Friday yielding only limited precipitation chances in eastern Oklahoma. Ahead of the front, southwest winds 20-25 mph with potential for gusts in excess of 30 mph may produce rates of fire spread in rank grass fuels in excess of 200 ft./min and higher where winds and topography are aligned. Wildfires occurring on Thursday will require strongly reinforced control lines on the east and south portions as winds are expected to shift from the south-southwest to northerly with the frontal passage.

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