Fire Situation Report – November 28, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/27/17 thru 0800 11/28/17 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 19 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 163.5 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

SE Area – 13 Fires Burned 1,152.5 Acres (Cause: 11-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Bear Suck Knob Fire (Latimer County) – 150 (est.) Acres, 75% Contained
  • South Fork Fire (Pushmataha County) – 595 Acres, 50% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

5 Mile Road Fire (Atoka County – 270 Acres, 75% 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 11/27/17 thru 11/28/17

No New Activity Reported – Fire Activity Noted in Media Reports 

Statewide Discussion:

Although precipitation chances improve through day for areas of Oklahoma, fire danger will remain a concern today ahead as a cold front moves across the state and south winds switch to northerly. Relative humidity above critical levels combined with sufficient skycover will limit fine-dead fuel moisture values from reaching levels that pose significant suppression challenges; however the sustained drying of fuels cannot be discounted.

The highest fire danger today will again reside in the Panhandle and western tier of counties where relative humidity values may dip below 30% briefly this afternoon. Temperatures in the 50°’s in the Panhandle to mid-60°’s along the western tier will be noticeably cooler than yesterday. Fine-dead fuel moisture values are not expected to fall below 7%, however post-frontal winds sustained 15-25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph in the Panhandle will still pose potential for encouraging rapid rates of fire spread especially where fuels and topography are aligned with the winds..

Despite improved fire weather in central and eastern Oklahoma today, the sustained dry conditions have left fuels receptive and fire danger will remain until fuels receive wetting precipitation. Temperatures will approach 70° in central and eastern Oklahoma and while relative humidity values above 45% will be prominent, areas of east central and southeast Oklahoma may see values dip below 30% this afternoon. South winds through the day around 10 mph gusting higher. Rates of fire spread will be moderated from recent observations; however expect the potential for topographical supported runs. Precipitation opportunities improve through the afternoon and into the evening hours with the chance of wetting rain strongest north of I-40 and east of I-35.

Moderated fire danger is expected on Wednesday and Thursday across much of the state. Cooler temperatures and somewhat calmer winds are expected along with respectable fine fuel moisture values. Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful in large part with limited potential for significant fire activity.

The next issuance of the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will occur on Friday, December 1, 2017 unless fire weather and/or fire occurrence merits otherwise.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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