Fire Situation Report – November 21, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/20/17 thru 0800 11/21/17 

NE Area – 8 Fire Burned 200.6 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 1 Fires Burned 12 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 9 Fires Burned 259 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Campfire, 1-Equipment)

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 11/20/17 thru 11/221/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Guymon FD Reporting
  • Numerous additional fires noted through media reports.

Statewide Discussion:

Initial attack activity increased across Oklahoma yesterday with elevated fire danger prompted by strong, pre-frontal southwesterly winds, warm temperatures and very dry conditions. Falling fuel moisture during the afternoon hours resulted in very receptive fine fuels and challenging fire suppression conditions. Fire danger will remain in place today as a cold front moves across Oklahoma; however fine-dead fuel moisture values should not be as low as observed yesterday. While checking fires from yesterday, personnel are encouraged to pay particular attention to the south and east control lines due to the near 180 degree shift in winds today, especially where jackpots of heavier fuels exist that may loft embers across control lines.

Variable winds this morning will develop to northerly as a front passes through Oklahoma. The highest fire danger today will be in western Oklahoma with the greatest intensity in the southwest quarter where temperatures will be in the mid-60°’s and relative humidity values below 30% will prompt receptive fuels. Northerly winds around 25 mph gusting at times in excess of 30 mph will promote moderate to rapid rates of fire spread on any established wildfire in continuous fine fuels.

Wednesday and Thursday, while dry, will bring a bit more relaxed fire danger with lighter wind speeds. The Friday forecast indicates that fire danger will again be elevated as warm and breezy conditions develop. The extended dry period has accelerated the curing of dormant fuels. Current short-term outlooks hold little promise of moisture and fire danger will persist daily.

 

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