Fire Situation Report – February 7, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/06/17 thru 02/07/17        

 NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 150 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 16 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

• Elk Creek Fire (Cherokee County) – 150 Acres, 100% Contained

• Hog Jaw Fire (Latimer County) – 500 Acres, 75% Contained

• Wagon Wheel Fire (EC Unit) – 486 Acres, 90% Contained

• McGee Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 2,589 Acres, 100% Contained

• Beaver Mountain Fire (Haskell County – 5,240 Acres, 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 02/06/17 thru 02/07/17

• 1 Fire Burned 35 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Guymon FD Reporting

• Additional Activity Noted through media outlets.

 

 

Statewide Discussion:  Moist atmospheric conditions yesterday morning compressed the burning period yesterday into the late afternoon hours limiting the severity of critical fire weather that developed in the afternoon.  Single-digit relative humidity values in parts of western Oklahoma rapidly dried fuels ahead of moderate moisture recovery in the overnight hours.  The stage is set for dry fuel conditions to span much of Oklahoma today as temperatures again rise to well above normal and relative humidity values fall in the afternoon.

 

Relative humidity values are forecast to range from 15% in western counties to 25% along the Arkansas border setting up a very dry fine-dead fuel scenario today.  Given temperatures well above normal and declining dewpoint temperature, some locations may realize lower RH.  Temperature in the mid-70°’s to 80° and forecast relative humidity values will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values as low as 3% in areas where Rh dips into the teens to 6% across much of the state.  Probability of Ignition will average around 70% indicating that fine fuels will be very receptive.  Fortunately, winds are not forecast to be problematic with ight and variable winds during the morning hours will transition into southerly winds around 10 mph with gusts in the Panhandle and far western Oklahoma 13-18 mph.

 

Increasing initial attack is expected today; however initial attack success in grass dominated fuels should largely be successful.  Timber fuels are expected to continue to exhibit resistance to control given the very dry large fuel moisture values in the regions of the state where forests and woodlots are present.

 

Special Note to Firefighters:  For fire suppression assistance outside of the OFS Protection Area, resource orders should be placed through the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481.

• OFS Task Force prepositioned in central Oklahoma.

• National Guard Helicopters available.

 

 

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