Fire Situation Report – December 27, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/23/16 thru 12/27/16 

NE Area – 

EC Area – Area Statistics Not Available At Time of Report

SE Area – 

 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 12/23/16 thru 12/27/16

  • No New Activity Reported – Multiple Small Fires Noted Through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion:  The Red Flag Warning on Christmas Day was moderated by a quick shot of moisture with the dryline as it pushed east; however fires due to downed electrical lines were occurring but were wrangled quickly by local firefighting resources. Very dry conditions in central Oklahoma did translate into some fire activity yesterday afternoon along with fire occurrence; again no large fire reports as local firefighting resources were successful with initial attack.

The highest fire danger today will reside in the western Panhandle where temperatures near 60° under clear skies will work with low dewpoint temperatures to drive relative humidity values into the teens this afternoon. Light and variable winds this morning will develop into south winds sustained at only 7-10 mph as afternoon heating develops. Dry and receptive fuels should, however, provide for successful initial attack given the light winds and somewhat stable atmospheric conditions. Parts of southeast and central Oklahoma will also see relative humidity values fall below 30%, but light winds will again provide for successful initial attack opportunities.

Dry conditions look to be in store for much of the week ahead. A cold front, expected on Wednesday, will pull the winds around from the south to more northerly through the day, but fortunately no significant wind speeds appear to be associated with the front to ramp fire danger up.

 No Active Burn Bans

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