Fire Situation Report – November 28, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/23/16 thru 11/28/16 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 3.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) 

SE Area – No New Activity

Large 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 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 11/23/16 thru 11/28/16

1 Large Fire Noted in Beaver County – Information will be reported this AM

*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: Fire danger will persist in northwestern Oklahoma while rain moves through the southeast providing a brief relief for the drought stricken area. Winds will be noticeably lighter and temperatures are forecast cooler than yesterday; however very dry air will filter back in to western Oklahoma today in broader coverage elevating fire danger.

Again the bullseye will settle on Harper, Ellis, Beaver, Texas and Cimarron counties where relative humidity values are expected to fall below 20% resulting in very dry fuels. Expect fuels to be receptive early in the burning period as overnight moisture recovery was not impressive. High temperatures this afternoon across the Panhandle and far northwest Oklahoma will be 55°-63° under clear skies. Winds 10-18 mph with some higher gusts will toggle from west to northwest shifting to the west-southwest by this evening. Atmospheric instability this afternoon may encourage vigorous fire activity, but overall rates of fire spread should be reduced from what was observed yesterday. In fuels typical of the area expect rate of spread 200+/- ft./min.

Disappointing rainfall yesterday and much drier air in western Oklahoma will result in elevated fire danger west of I-35 as relative humidity values this afternoon in the 23-31% range will encourage rapid drying of fuels. Temperatures around 60° under clear skies will support fuel availability, and west winds 10-15 mph with some gusts in excess of 20 mph early in the burning period will result in rapid rates of fire spread where wind and topography are aligned. In general, initial attack activity is expected to be successful.

Dry conditions will continue into the first part of the week along with persistent fire danger; however no critical indices are expected as we move through the week.

County Burn Ban Activated: LeFlore County (EXPIRED 11/27/16)

Sequoyah Counties (through 11/28/16)

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