Fire Situation Report – October 24, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/23/17 thru 10/24/17 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

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 10/23/17 thru 10/24/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 165 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Guymon FD Reporting

Statewide Discussion: 

Dry and windy conditions are expected across Oklahoma today resulting in the rapid drying of fine fuels and increasing fuel availability as duff and thatch layers lose moisture. Fire behavior in timbered fuel types will be retarded by shading from leaf cover and a boost in residual moisture from the precipitation last weekend; however expect the potential for increasing fire behavior in grass dominated fuels especially where a high loading of dead fuels (thatch layer) has been subjected to drying conditions.

Low dewpoint temperatures will encourage relative humidity values to fall below 30% in the majority of Oklahoma today as temperatures warm into the mid-60°’s this afternoon. Dry northwest winds sustained near 20 mph beginning late morning will facilitate rapid drying of fuels statewide. The highest fire danger today will be present along and west of a line from Woods County to Jackson County including the Panhandle, northwest Oklahoma and the western tier of counties where the separation from wetting rains is in excess of 15 days. Temperatures in this area are forecast to be in the mid-60°’s with relative humidity values 17-24% under clear skies driving fine-dead fuel moisture to around 7% (lower in isolated pockets). Fine-dead fuel moisture combined with remaining live herbaceous fuel moisture will provide good opportunity for successful initial attack with rates of spread on an established fire averaging 75 ft./min. with sustained northwest winds around 20 mph gusting to near 30 mph.

Dry conditions are expected to remain in place through the week with lighter winds tomorrow. A strong cold front is forecast to move into Oklahoma from the northwest during the day on Thursday. Warm temperatures ahead of the front and gusty winds will increase fire danger Thursday. On the backside of the front, much cooler temperatures are expected with potential for hard freeze conditions across northern Oklahoma moving fuels into dormancy.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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