Fire Situation Report – November 27, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/24/17 thru 0800 11/27/17 

NE Area – 25 Fires Burned 271.1 Acres (Cause: 16-Incendiary, 7-Debris, 1-Escsaped Prescribed Fire, 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 10 Fires Burned 956 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn, 1-Misc.))

SE Area – 21 Fires Burned 347.5 Acres (Cause: 13-Incendiary, 2-Debris, 2-Equipment, 3-Campfire)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Lady Bug Fire (LeFlore County) – 254 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Old Gab Brown Ranch Fire (Latimer County) – 357 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Sand Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 200 acres (est.), 100% Contained

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 11/24/17 thru 11/27/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

With all regions of the state falling below 10% of normal precipitation over the last 30 days, wildland fuels have become readily available, and while precipitation is in the forecast for Tuesday the totals are unimpressive. Warm and windy conditions are on tap for today. Relative humidity values will not fall below 30% in the bulk of the state; however continued dry conditions and marginal nighttime recoveries will result in high to very-high fire danger indices across the state today. Fuels are exhibiting increasing resistance to suppression action given the prolonged dry spell and rapid curing of dormant fuels.

The highest fire danger today will be in the Panhandle and northwest counties where relative humidity values in the teens in Cimarron County to 28% in Woods County along with temperatures in the low 80°’s will drive fine-dead fuel moisture values into the 4-6% range and probability of ignition above 70%. Southerly winds 18-25 mph gusting at times to 35 mph will generate rapid rates of fire spread nearing 200 ft./min with 12-15 ft. flame lengths at the head fire in ungrazed, grass dominated fuels.

Despite, relative humidity values in the 30-45% range across the remainder of the state, expect fuels to be readily receptive. Temperatures this afternoon in the 70°’s under generally clear skies will facilitate fine fuel moisture of 7% producing moderate rates of fire spread with southerly winds 15-20 mph gusting to around 25 mph.

A cold front moving across the state on Tuesday does bring some chance of precipitation; however it is notable tha fire danger will remain high throughout much of the state with gusty north winds.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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