Fire Situation Report – November 24, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/21/17 thru 0800 11/24/17 

 NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 82.6 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Misc. (Discarded Ashes))

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

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 11/21/17 thru 11/24/17

No New Activity Reported 

Statewide Discussion:

Elevated fire danger indices will be present across much of Oklahoma today with continued warm temperatures and dry conditions. A weak cold front is forecast to push into the Panhandle midday and continue across the state through the overnight hours with diminishing following the clockwise switch from southwest to northerly. Ahead of the front southwest winds will promote moderate rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels. And, while some shading/sheltering is still in effect in timbered areas, increasing leaf fall and accelerated curing has resulted in an uptick in fire behavior in timber/woodlands.

During the peak of the burning period today, relative humidity observations below 30% west of I-35 (15% possible in the Panhandle) and 28-35% east of I-35 will translate into readily receptive fine fuels as temperatures warm into the low- to upper-70°’s. Fine-dead fuel moisture of 5-6% is expected to be widespread with 4% likely in the Panhandle counties. Ahead of the weak front, southwest winds around 15 mph gusting 20-30 mph will result in moderate rates of fire spread. Where fuels and topography are aligned with the wind direction, expect increased fire behavior. Winds are expected to diminish after the front passes; however for much of the state that will occur in the overnight hours. While significant fire potential will be limited, initial attack activity should be expected.

As dry conditions continue, fire danger will continue through the weekend. Again, increasing initial attack activity occurrence is expected. Temperatures, while still above normal, will be slightly cooler and relative humidity values below 25% are not in the current forecast. Dormant fuels will be receptive under continued dry conditions. Saturday, the highest fire danger is expected in southwest Oklahoma where northeast winds will be strongest sustained 10-15 mph with some gusts exceeding 20 mph. Southerly winds across Oklahoma on Sunday will be relatively light around 10 mph and higher gusts.

Given the current forecast, Monday is poised to present the next spike in fire danger with above normal temperatures and gusty south winds. Near critical fire weather conditions are forecast with the potential for increased fire behavior potential expected.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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