Fire Situation Report – November 18, 2016


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/14/16 thru 11/18/16 

 NE Area – 16 Fires Burned 765 Acres (Cause: 13-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Structure)

EC Area – 5 Fires Burned 401.5 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 11 Fires Burned 153.2 Acres (Cause: 10-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Sand Ridge Fire (Haskell County) – 280 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Lee Creek Fire (Sequoyah County) – 150 Acres, 90% Contained
  • Highline Fire (Cherokee County) – 120 Acres, 90% Contained
  • Beaver Gap Fire (Adair County) – 280 Acres, 75% Contained

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

  • 1 Fire Burned 4.5 Acres

 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 11/14/16 thru 11/18/16

  • 3 Fires Burned 483 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 1-Escaped Burn) Tecumseh & Guymon FD’s Reporting

    *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: Two days of critical to near critical fire danger pushed by well above normal temperatures and strong winds coupled with only moderate moisture recovery in the overnight hours will hold fire danger in place across much of the state today. Relative humidity values are not expected to dip below 30% in the main body of the state with values right at the benchmark in the Panhandle resulting in fine fuel moisture at 6% (West) to 10% (East) across the state. Light rains during the early morning hours in far southeastern Oklahoma are not expected to provide much if any noticeable benefit given forecast weather. While cooler temperatures and slightly improved fuel moisture are expected, north winds around 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in some areas may produce erratic fire behavior today and provide a test for fires suppressed in the past two days.

Elevated fire danger conditions are expected to remain in place through the weekend as dry conditions continue. Freezing temperatures are expected to push much further south into the state this evening tipping drought stressed vegetation toward full dormancy and increasing availability. Lighter sustained wind speeds will provide increased probability of initial attack success; however winds will gradually shift from northerly to southerly through the day and overnight hours Saturday. Sustained winds are not expected to exceed 15 mph in large part, but some gusts in excess of 20 mph cannot be ruled out. Even with cooler temperatures, relative humidity values will dip below 30% for a brief time in the afternoons and nearer 20% in far northwest counties resulting in receptive fine fuels and rapid rates of fire spread should be anticipated anytime winds and topography are aligned.

Special Note to the Public: Firearms season for big game begins Saturday hunting and hunters across the state will will venture out enjoy the beauty and bounty that Oklahoma has to offer. Oklahoma Forestry Services requests that hunters please exercise fire prevention when in the field to avoid sparking a wildfire!

  • Avoid parking vehicles with hot exhaust in tall, dry grass fuels as the catalytic converter or exhaust may spark a fire.

  • Ensure that spark arrestors are utilized on ATV’s and other off-road vehicles.

  • Drown campfires before heading to the field.

  • Report any fire immediately through 911.

    No Burn Bans are presently active. 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