Fire Situation Report – February 1, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/31/17 thru 02/01/17 

NE Area – 7 Fires Burned 62 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Structure Fire)

EC Area – 8 Fires Burned 454 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn, 1-Railroad)

SE Area – 12 Fires Burned 390.7 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Shawnee Ridge Fire (LeFlore County) – 125 Acres, 75% Contained)
  • Rock Picker Fire (Latimer County) – 166 Acres, 75% Contained)
  • Chickasaw Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 807 Acres, 90% Contained
  • Cabin Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 280 Acres, 90% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

4 Fires Burned 888 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Incendiary)

  • Humphrey Road Fire (Atoka County) – 600 acres (est.), 70% Contained
  • Brinkley Road Fire (Pottawatomie County) – 175 Acres/2 Outbuildings, 50%Contained

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 01/31/17 thru 02/01/17

  • No New Activity Reported

  • Numerous additional fires were noted across Oklahoma yesterday.

Statewide Discussion:  Heavy initial attack activity with some large fire occurrence yesterday across Oklahoma as warm temperatures and very dry air dominated. Dry conditions will be prevalent today with elevated fire danger in place following a cold front.

The highest fire danger today will cover a very broad swath across Oklahoma along the 1-44 corridor expanding in width from the northeast to southwest with much of western Oklahoma included. Cooler temperatures in this area at 54°-63° will assist in preventing relative humidity values from dropping below 30% with much of the area registering Rh in the mid-30% range this afternoon. Cumulative drying will encourage fuel receptiveness, but a slight boost in fine fuel moisture will should improve initial attack success. In the wake of the cold front passing, winds will be northeast this afternoon 12-18 mph with gusts 20-30 mph. Given the current fuel moisture scenario, any fire that becomes established is likely to exhibit rapid rates of fire spread.

Southeast Oklahoma experienced a noticeable increase in initial attack activity accompanied with some problematic fire behavior despite only moderate winds. Winds are expected to be somewhat light and variable through much of the day with a stalled boundary. Temperatures in the area will, however, climb into the upper 60°’s. Higher dewpoint temperature across the area will hold relative humidity values near 40% this afternoon offering opportunity to mop-up activity from yesterday and limit the potential of rapid fire growth on new fires today.

Special Note to Firefighters: Heavy fuels, including dead and downed logs as well as standing dead trees, are critically dry across most of Oklahoma and have become resistant to “normal” fire suppression tactics. Take time to thoroughly mop-up heavy fuels by breaking them apart or relocating them well interior of control lines. Given the passage of a cold front that has shifted the winds from southerly to northerly today, southern control lines on fires from yesterday should be patrolled for continuing heat sources especially where heavy fuels or clump grasses are present.

Burn Bans:

  • County Declared: Coal County through 02/05/2017 ● Marshall County through 02/06/2017

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    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