Fire Situation Report – October 30, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/27/17 thru 10/30/17 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 7.5 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

 

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 10/27/17 thru 10/30/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

A cold front that entered Oklahoma in the overnight hours moving across the state this morning will bring cooler conditions and gusty north winds. A widespread freeze Saturday morning coupled with low relative humidity values have ramped up fuel availability in grass dominated fuel types. Most timber fuels are still largely shaded by leaf cover noting that the potential for increased fire behavior in the pine dominated fuels in southeast Oklahoma remains.

The highest fire danger today will reside in northern Oklahoma from Harper County to Payne County and generally north of Highway 51 where afternoon relative humidity values may briefly dip below 30% and fine-dead fuel moisture will register as low as 6% with temperatures warming into the upper 50°’s. North winds sustained 12-18 mph gusting 20-25mph will push rates of spread to near 100 ft./min. in grasses subjected to repetitive freeze conditions.

North to northeast winds will be strongest in the southwestern quarter of the state sustained 20-25 mph gusting in excess of 30 mph at time this afternoon. Gradually increasing sky cover and relative humidity values above 30% should retard fire behavior in large part; however any fire that becomes established in continuous fuels may prove to be problematic.

Cooler temperatures, increased sky cover and improved relative humidity values on Tuesday will limit fire danger, and no significant fire activity is anticipated. Precipitation chances will vary across the state with the best opportunity, given the current forecast, in southern and southeast Oklahoma. Amounts do not appear to be overly notable, but will dampen fire danger.

Drying conditions through the remainder of the week may drive an increase in fire danger into the weekend as temperatures are forecast to be warm, dry and windy.

Special Note to Firefighters:

With wildland fuels rapidly transitioning into dormancy and increased fuel receptiveness, the frequency of wildland fires will begin to increase. Many fire departments and agencies will have work days and inspections insuring that all of their equipment is operational and ready to perform. We encourage you to also take action to prepare yourselves by refreshing your wildland fire knowledge. Many resources are available for both individual and group training to review tactical firefighting skills, successful command structure and fire behavior. One of those resources is the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate where several topics are presented in a format that supports both individual and small group exercise. Issues of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate can be downloaded at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate .

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 

  
  Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.  


Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF