Fire Situation Report – November 21, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/18/16 thru 11/21/16 

 NE Area – 22 Fires Burned 864.8 Acres (Cause: 22-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 85 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 6 Fires Burned 6.2 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Campfire, 1-Equipment)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Sand Ridge Fire (Haskell County) – 280 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Lee Creek Fire (Sequoyah County) – 150 Acres, 90% Contained
  • Highline Fire (Cherokee County) – 120 Acres, 90% Contained
  • Beaver Gap Fire (Adair County) – 280 Acres, 90% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • 2 Fires Burned 144 Acres (Haskell & Coal Counties)

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 11/18/16 thru 11/21/16

No New 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: Widespread freezing temperatures over the weekend have pushed grass fuels into dormancy and encouraged leaf fall increasing the quantity of available fuel. Continued dry conditions today will further curing of fuels; however lighter winds and somewhat moderated relative humidity values will translate into a slight reduction of fire danger across the state through reduced rates of fire spread.

The highest fire danger today, will be present in both far northwestern Oklahoma as well as some eastern counties where afternoon relative humidity values will result in fine-dead fuel moisture in the 5-6% range. In northwestern Oklahoma and Panhanlde counties relative humidity values may briefly dip below 30% this afternoon; however increasing skycover through the day will prevent critical fuel moisture levels from developing. Cooler temperatures and moderated windspeeds should serve to reduce fire behavior from that observed late last week providing good opportunity for successful initial attack.

In eastern Oklahoma along and east of US 69 relative humidity values in the 30-35% range this afternoon coupled with south-southeast winds 10-15 mph and temperatures in the mid- to upper-60°’s will result in elevated fire danger, but more in line with seasonal expectations. However, two factors contribute to an increased need for vigilance in this area. Intensifying drought indices including sagging precipitation amounts and increasing number of days since a wetting rain have resulted in very dry large fuels requiring more thorough mop up and time commitment. Additionally, ongoing leaf fall presents probability of re-burn potential requiring return trips to firelines to patrol for breakovers and improving containment lines. Precipitation chances will be present late this evening with best chances for eastern Oklahoma.

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