Fire Situation Report – January 30, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/27/17 thru 01/30/17 

 NE Area – 7 Fires Burned 252 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Control Burn)

EC Area – 4 Fire Burned 83 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 10 Fires Burned 174.1 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Workman Mountain Fire (Adair County) – 145 acres, 100% Contained

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

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 

  • 1 Rx Fire Treating 200 Acres – Pushmataha 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 01/29/17 thru 01/30/17

  • 2 Fires Burned 23 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Misc.) Cyril and Guymon FD’s Reporting

  • Multiple initial attack fires were noted through media sources.

Statewide Discussion:  Above normal temperatures and very dry air will sustain High to Very-High fire danger across Oklahoma today. Wind speeds are forecast to moderate resulting in generally reduced rates of fire spread compared to what has been observed in days previous.

Temperatures ranging from 68°-74° under sunny skies along with a dry air mass will result in relative humidity values falling as low as 15% along the western tier of counties to 28% in far northeast Oklahoma. The bulk of the state will observe 19-22% Rh values this afternoon resulting in very dry and receptive fine fuels in all locations. Southwest winds this afternoon around 10 mph with limited gusts as high as 17 mph in some locations will contribute to slightly moderated rates of spread when compared to observations in previous days.

Fuel moisture values ranging from 4-7% along with above normal temperatures will likely translate into increased volume of fire starts as they are very receptive to ignition sources. Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful in large part, but it should be noted that fires are beginning to exhibit resistance to control in the driest areas of the state. In western Oklahoma areas where grass and brush fuels dominate the fuel loading, rate of fire spread is expected to be 85-150 ft./min. with flame length 10-12 ft. at the head while native grasses will support ROS up to 300 ft./min. where wind is aligned with topography. In central and eastern Oklahoma, rapid rates of fire spread should be expected in grass dominated fuels with moderate rates of fire spread in timber fuel types. Of note, dead and downed fuels including storm damage, windthrow and debris are registering very dry fuel moisture values. Resistance to control should be expected where heavy fuels are prevalent.

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