Fire Situation Report – February 6, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/03/17 thru 02/06/17 

 NE Area – 14 Fires Burned 495.2 Acres (Cause: 11-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire, 1-Equipment, 1- Debris)

EC Area – 7 Fires Burned 996 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1-Structure)

SE Area – 18 Fires Burned 2,807 Acres (Cause: 16-Incendiary, 2 Escaped Debris)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Hog Jaw Fire (Latimer County) – 500 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Wagon Wheel Fire (EC Unit) – 486 Acres, 75% Contained
  • McGee Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 2,589 Acres, 60% Contained
  • Beaver Mountain Fire (Haskell County – 5,240 Acres (est.), 75% Contained
  • Powder Mill (Latimer County) – 600 (est.) – 100% 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 recorded on 02/05/17 thru 02/06/17

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: Red Flag Warning in effect for 31 counties in western and parts of central Oklahoma Noon through 6:00 PM. Critical fire weather is expected to develop this afternoon as hot, dry and windy conditions rapidly develop into the afternoon.

Moist atmospheric conditions this morning are expected to rapidly dissipate as very dry conditions push into western Oklahoma along with high temperatures and strong gusty winds with some potential for extended attack fire activity. Eastern Oklahoma will see the warm temperatures; however relative humidity values will remain well above critical levels moderating fuel moisture this afternoon providing for good probability of initial attack success.

In the warned area, fog and some drizzle this morning will shorten both the length and severity of the burning period today – fortunately. But, a dryline shifting east will usher in warm dry and windy conditions that will dry fine fuels rapidly resulting in a brief window of critical fire danger indices. Temperatures in the mid-70°’s to near 80° combined with relative humidity values 12-22% will encourage potential for fine-dead fuel moisture around or below 5% this afternoon. Those critical values will be most prevalent between the hours of 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, when winds will be strongest. Southwest winds in southwest Oklahoma to west winds in the Panhandle 18-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph will translate into the potential for extreme rates of fire spread in grass and shrub dominated fuels.

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