Fire Situation Report – January 31, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/30/17 thru 01/31/17 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 115 Acres (Cause: 2-Debris, 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 7 Fire Burned 697 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary)

SE Area – 10 Fires Burned 1,151 Acres (Cause: 8-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Chickasaw Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 807 Acres, 65% Contained
  • Cabin Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 280 Acres, 60% Contained
  • Beaver Creek Fire (Haskell County) – 240 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Sandy Spring Ridge Fire (Latimer County)- 275 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Rooster Fire (Haskell County) – 135 Acres, 100% Contained
  • 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: No New 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 01/30/17 thru 01/31/17

  • No New Activity Reported

  • Numerous additional fires were noted across Oklahoma yesterday.

Statewide Discussion:  There was noticeable uptick in initial attack activity yesterday with very warm and dry conditions in place. Multiple locations registered single digit relative humidity values and the bulk of the state with Rh dipping below 20% resulting in very dry and receptive fine fuels. Another warm and dry day today will encourage persistent fire danger to hold in place.

Winds are forecast to be light through the burning period today shifting from the north during the morning to the east mid-day and settling as southerly this evening. While fuels are very dry, wind-driven fire runs are not expected today. Warm temperatures (mid-60°s north to upper-70°’s south) will facilitate relative humidity values diving below 30% by early afternoon and falling as low as 18% in far western Oklahoma during the peak of the burning period with the majority of locations in the 20-25% range. Fine fuels will be very receptive with Probability of Ignition at 60%. Given the wind forecast of light and variable winds in the AM hours shifting to southerly around 10 mph this afternoon, rate of fire spread should be moderated from observations in previous days unless topographically driven.

Special Note to Firefighters: The latest edition of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series that offers information on Critical Fire Weather accompanied with a related training scenario is now available at . Copies have also been mailed to fire departments across Oklahoma.

Burn Bans:

  • County Declared: Coal County through 02/05/2017

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