Fire Situation Report – December 23, 2016

 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/22/16 thru 12/23/16        

 NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 83 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 17 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 7 Fires Burned 223.7 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

• Living Lane Fire (McCurtain County) – 200 Acres, 100% Contained

• Happy Hollow Fire (Pittsburg County) – 10.4 Acres/2 Structures Lost, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:

• Walker Road Fire (Pottawatomie County) – 146 Acres, 100% Contained

• Tentan Fire (Coal County) – 750 Acres, 100% Contained

o Task Force also responded to a new fire in area that burned 20 acres

• Red Hill Fire (Haskell County) – 250 Acres, 100% Contained


OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:  

• 1 Rx Fire Treating 100 Acres (LeFlore County)

* 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 12/22/16 thru 12/23/16

• 1 Fire Burned 20 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Pernell FD Reporting



Statewide Discussion: Light precipitation moving across parts of Oklahoma today combined with relative humidity values not forecast below 40% will result in much less receptive fuels than has been experienced in the past few days and lower fire danger overall.  While some initial attack activity is still expected today in areas not receiving rain, fire behavior should be moderated in large part providing for successful initial attack.


Fire Weather Watch issued for December 25 (Christmas Day) for Cimarron, Texas and Beaver Counties from Noon through 6:00 PM.


Turning our attention toward the weekend, Sunday (Christmas Day) will present a complex weather scenario in Oklahoma influenced by a dryline pushing into the area which may bring storms but has also prompted a Fire Weather Watch to be issued for the Panhandle counties.  While storms may occur in central and eastern Oklahoma, the panhandle and possibly far northwest Oklahoma may see very-high fire danger with a possibility for thunderstorms in some areas of the Watch complicating firefighting efforts.


In the Watch area for Sunday, temperatures will range from 50° in Cimarron County to 58° in Beaver County after the potential for scattered showers diminishes.  Relative humidity values are expected to rapidly fall into the 15-20% range during the afternoon resulting in rapid drying of fuels.  Winds will increase through the day and, given the current forecast, will likely be strongest during the peak of the burning period southwest at 35-45 mph gusting at times as high as 55 mph.  Any fire that is sparked Sunday afternoon under these conditions, especially if no advance precipitation develops, will likely exhibit extreme fire behavior with very rapid rates of fire spread.




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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