Fire Situation Report – February 5, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/03/17 thru 02/05/17 

 NE Area – 

EC Area – Initial Attack Activity not Available at Time of Report 

SE Area – 

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Hog Jaw Fire (Latimer County) – 175 Acres, 25% Contained
  • Kill Hollow Fire (Adair County) – 252 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Wagon Wheel Fire (EC Unit) – 486 Acres, 50% Contained
  • McGee Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 2,589 Acres, 60% Contained
  • Beaver Mountain Fire (Haskell County – 5,238 Acres (est.), 75% Contained
  • Powder Mill (Latimer County) – 600 (est.) – 75% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: Activity not Available at Report 

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/03/17 thru 02/05/17

  • No New Activity Reported

  • Numerous additional fires were noted across Oklahoma yesterday.

Statewide Discussion: With very dry fuel moisture across all size classes during this protracted dry pattern, wildfires are exhibiting resistance to control efforts – especially in timber fuel types. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for a significant portion of western and south-central Oklahoma for Monday with critical fire weather expected.

Relative humidity values today will be held somewhat higher than in days past with some skycover and elevated dewpoint temperature The boost in relative humidity will limit fine-dead fuel moisture from falling much lower than 7% and provide for reasonable opportunity to catch fires early limiting fire growth. Relative humidity values this afternoon will range from 35-65% for much of Oklahoma, but the Panhandle and far western tier of counties will likely see afternoon RH fall below 30% as drier air mixes down.

The highest fire danger today will reside in the Panhandle and the far western tier of counties from Harper County in the north to Jackson County in the south. Temperature in the mid-60°’s combined with afternoon relative humidity values 20-30% will result in very receptive fine fuels. Fortunately, light southerly winds will limit rate of fire spread providing opportunity for successful initial attack.

Monday – A Fire Weather Watch is in effect with critical fire weather conditions expected across western Oklahoma and parts of central Oklahoma. Elevated fire danger expected elsewhere across the state. In the watch area that spans from Woods to Garvin Counties covering all points west, temperatures near 80°, relative humidity 15-25% and sustained southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting to 40 mph will support a fire environment with potential for extreme rates of fire spread and significant fireline intensity.

 Special Note to Firefighters: With critical fire weather including strong winds are anticipated tomorrow, insure that fires are thoroughly mopped up noting that 1,000 hr. (or heavy fuels) are critically dry and are fully combusting in most locations. Also, take time to observe standing dead trees outside of the fire perimeter in timber fuel types. These “snags” are receptive to firebrands or embers and have resulted in fires escaping control lines following initial attack.

Several County Burn Bans are 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: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF