Fire Situation Report – November 23, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/22/16 thru 11/23/16 

 NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 90 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 15 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

 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 11/22/16 thru 11/23/16

  • No New Activity Reported – Some activity noted through media outlets.

    *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: Rainfall across the eastern third of Oklahoma yesterday and overnight, while variable in amount, combined with ample skycover will limit relative humidity from falling much below 45% moderating fire danger for today that has been present across that region.

Fire danger will persist today across much of western Oklahoma, while moderated by somewhat higher relative humidity holding fuel moisture in the 7-8% range. As has been the case lately, the highest fire danger today will reside across the Panhandle and far northwest Oklahoma. High temperatures in the area will be 57°-59° with relative humidity this afternoon 28-33% under mostly clear skies. Gusty northwest winds this morning are expected to subside this afternoon switching to the south at 5-15 mph. Gusts are still possible occasionally up to 20 mph. Rates of fire spread may prove to be rapid where wind and topography are aligned.

Temperatures are forecast to rebound on Thanksgiving into the upper 60°’s. Additionally, northwest winds sustained around 15 mph with gusts 20-25 mph across the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma will elevate fire danger concerns. Relative humidity values as low as 20% will drive fuel moisture down and result in potential for rapid rates of fire spread in the area.

Fire danger will persist in western Oklahoma into the weekend as the drying trend continues. A brief period of elevated fire danger will be present on Sunday ahead of a system that will bring the next chance of precipitation into Oklahoma.

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

Sequoyah Counties (through 11/28/16)

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

  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