Fire Situation Report – December 29, 2016


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/28/16 thru 12/29/16 

 NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fires burned 109 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 0 fires

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

 South Stigler Fire (Haskell County) – This fire burned 109 acres six miles southwest of Stigler. OFS committed one Type 6 Engine, two Type 2 dozers and three firefighters to the incident.

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 12/28/16 thru 12/29/16

 No fires recorded for the reporting period

 *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: Today’s weather is setting the stage for very high to extreme fire danger tomorrow. Relative humidity readings in the low to mid-teens are expected today across the state. Poor humidity recovery tonight will allow for any fire that starts today to burn actively throughout the night and with possible new fire starts early in the day tomorrow. Only meager humidity recovery is expected by Saturday morning following the passage of a cold front.

Dry northerly winds from 5-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph are forecast throughout today. A wind shift is forecast to cross the state during the nighttime hours. Southerly winds tomorrow are forecast to be strongest in western Oklahoma. The current forecast for western Oklahoma calls for southerly winds from 15-25 mph with gusts near and above 35 mph. Southerly winds from 5-10 mph with gusts near 20 mph are forecast in eastern Oklahoma.

For tomorrow, while winds will be strongest in western Oklahoma, relative humidity readings are expected to be lowest in eastern Oklahoma. Wildland fuels remain extremely dry across the entire state. Expect any fire that starts today or tomorrow to burn very intensely. Rates of spread today will be moderate and high tomorrow. Fires tomorrow will exhibit resistance to control.

SPECIAL NOTE: COUNTY WILDLAND TASK FORCES SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR MOBILIZATION TOMORROW.

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: Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF