Fire Situation Report – February 3, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/02/17 thru 02/03/17 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 6 fires burned 7,486 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 2-Debris Burning)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 25 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

Beaver Mountain (Haskell County) – 5,240 acres; 50% contained

Orchard Mill (LeFlore County) – 255 acres; 80%

McNally Flats (Pittsburg County) – 317 acres; 80% contained

Powder Mill (Latimer County) -1,272 acres; 100% contained

McNally (Pittsburg County) – 400 acres; 100% contained

Large Fire Activity outside of the Protection Area: 

 Coker Road (Pottawatomie County) – 125 acres; 100% contained

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 recorded on 02/02/17 thru 02/03/17

 No fires recorded during 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: Fire activity diminished yesterday due to much colder temperatures and cloudy conditions. However, several large fires (see above) which started on previous days continued to burn. Each of these wildfires required numerous resources to minimize fire growth and increase or complete containment objectives.

 Moderate to very high fire danger will exist across Oklahoma today. Poor overnight humidity recovery in fine fuels over most of the state will allow for early fire starts this morning. In addition, any fires starting late yesterday would have burned actively all night. These overnight fires would have the potential to escape control lines early today if they were not actively mopped up. 

 Today’s weather forecast calls for continued dry conditions. Relative humidity is expected to fall into the 25% to 35% range across the state, with the highest relative humidity readings in far southeastern Oklahoma. Southerly winds from 10-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph are forecast with temperatures only climbing into the 35-45 degree range.

Tomorrow and Sunday higher relative humidity is expected to decrease fire danger slightly. Very light drizzle and rainfall is forecast during the Saturday-Sunday time frame. However, the amounts are so slight that it will have a little to no effect on the wildland fuels.

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. 

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The next very active fire weather pattern begins on Monday next week if the current forecast remains valid. Firefighting personnel should ensure that firefighting equipment has been refurbished and ready for action over the next several days.

Several County Burn Bans are presently active. 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: Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF