Fire Situation Report – February 27, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/24/17 thru 02/27/17 

NE Area – 6 Fires Burned 103 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 25 Fires Burned 2,119.5 Acres (Cause: 18-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris, 4-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 10 Fires Burned 336 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary, 3-Escpaed Debris)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Hoyt Mountain Fire (Latimer County) – 527 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Round Prairie West Fire (Latimer County) – 270 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Pig Hill Fire (Latimer County) – 500 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Lemon Fire (Haskell County) – 201 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Quinton Dump Fire (Pittsburg County) – 175 Acres, 50% Contained 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No New Activity

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 02/25/17 thru 02/27/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Tecumseh FD Reporting

  • Numerous initial attack fires were noted through media outlets

    Statewide Discussion:  Red Flag Warning in effect today from Noon through 7:00 PM for Cimarron and Texas Counties. Slightly moderated fire danger on Sunday is giving way to elevating fire danger this week. The smattering of precipitation in a few areas of eastern Oklahoma will have negligible impact on fire danger, and extreme fire weather is again expected Tuesday in western Oklahoma over very receptive fuels.

    Areas of fog and some light drizzle will rapidly give way to increasing fire danger moving in from the west. Two-thirds of the Panhandle is Warned today, and the Panhandle/western tier of counties will experience near-critical to critical fire weather today. In this area, afternoon temperatures will be near 70° with relative humidity values 12-20%. Fine-dead fuel moisture will fall to 6% with Probability of Ignition 60%. Southwest winds in the Panhandle are expected to be sustained at 15-25 mph with potential for gusts near 35 mph encouraging rate of fire spread in native grasses in the area of 200-250 ft./min. – higher rates of spread should be expected where wind and topography are aligned. The western tier of counties including northwest Oklahoma will see slightly lower wind speeds near 15 mph sustained and gusts around 20 mph.

    Relative humidity values along and east of I-35 will remain generally above 45% limiting fine-dead fuels from dipping into critical levels limiting potential for problematic fire behavior. The fog (and drizzle in areas) this morning will hamper fire weather from developing and initial attack is expected to be largely successful.

    Tuesday- A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for the western 1/3 of Oklahoma and increasing fire danger will push eastward with large fire potential within the watch area and increasing initial attack likelihood in central Oklahoma. Western Oklahoma will see fairly consistent 20% Rh readings combined with the likelihood of some sky cover preventing fine-dead fuel moisture from dropping much below 6%. However, sustained drying and southwest winds ahead of a cold front sustained 25- 35 mph gusting to 50 mph in the Panhandle and far northwest Oklahoma will support extreme rates of fire spread – native grasses in the area should be expected to support 300 ft./min. The cold front is expected to impact the northern counties in the current watch area between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM with peak burning conditions ongoing. Also notable is the opportunity for severe weather in areas of eastern and southeastern Oklahoma on Monday evening and Tuesday.

    Futuring the fire weather forecast out further, elevated fire danger should be expected for the remainder of the week across western and central Oklahoma.

    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