Fire Situation Report – October 16, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services


PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/09/17 thru 10/16/17  

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 15 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

EC Area – 1 Fire burned 3 Acres (Cause: 1- Incendiary)

SE Area – 7 Fires Burned 12.5 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 2- Equipment, 1-Electrical)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • No New Activity 

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 10/09/17 thru 10/16/17

  • 3 Fires Burned 2.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 1-Equipment, 1-Misc.) Guymon & Wayne FD’s Reporting

    Statewide Discussion: 

    A cold front passing through Oklahoma over the weekend provided widespread wetting rains; however rainfall deficits continue to mount in southeast Oklahoma including areas of McCurtain County now registering almost 60 days separated from a wetting rain. Additionally, several western, Panhandle and southern tier counties are ranging 9-17 days without wetting rains. Live herbaceous fuel moisture continues to somewhat retard fire behavior noting that those values are showing a downward trend with seasonality. Scattered pockets of freezing temperatures have occurred in the Panhandle and far northwestern Oklahoma, but no widespread freeze conditions pushing fuels into dormancy are in the near-term forecast.

    In the week ahead, moderate temperatures and dry conditions are expected to prevail ahead of another system that will bring weekend rain chances. While significant fire occurrence probability will be limited, Wednesday may usher in increased fire danger in central and western Oklahoma as southerly afternoon winds sustained around 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph will accompany temperatures near 80° and relative humidity values around 25-30% (teens in the Panhandle). Fire weather and fuels conditions may also ahead of the weekend weather system may also prompt increasing fire danger on Friday in Panhandle and northwestern counties.

    Special Note to Firefighters:

    Sizing up a fire upon arrival is critical to establishing safe, effective and efficient fireline operations. The fire environment is dynamic and sometimes complex, forcing quick decisions based on sound training and experience. The basis for making accurate and timely decisions on the fire ground is rooted in a good “sizeup”. Ask yourself the following questions to assess the fire environment:

  • What is the size of the fire, and what is it burning in?

  • Is adverse topography or access present?

  • Are weather factors posing any challenges?

  • Are there structures and improvements to be protected?

  • Are there hazards present such as utilities, fences, terrain?

  • Are there opportunities already in place to halt fire spread?

    Taking a moment to answer these questions forms the basis to make a good assessment and begin the process of turning the firefight from reactive efforts toward proactive strategy and tactics. Answers to those questions also start the process of determining the following:

  • Anchor point from which to begin firefighting efforts.

  • Escape routes and safety zones for personnel and equipment.

  • Incident objectives.

  • Additional resource needs.

    Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

    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