Fire Situation Report – October 25, 2017

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/24/17 thru 10/25/17 

 NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 106 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

 Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • No New Activity

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • 1 Fire Burned 89 Acres (Atoka County) – (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

 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 10/24/17 thru 10/25/17

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Much lighter west to southwest winds today will limit rates of fire spread; however clear skies, warming temperatures and relative humidity values this afternoon below at or below 30% across much of the state will continue a strong drying trend ahead of a cold front Thursday. No significant large fire activity is expected today.

Temperatures in western Oklahoma will approach 80° this afternoon facilitating relative humidity values 17-25%. Fine dead fuel moisture as low as 6% will be present in the area; however live herbaceous fuel moisture will continue to serve as a heat sink limiting overall fuel receptiveness. West-southwest winds 10-12 mph on average occasionally gusting 15-20 mph will support only limited fire spread today. Central and eastern Oklahoma will continue to dry out under clear skies, temperatures 70°-77° and relative humidity values around 30%. Initial attack activity is expected to increase into the weekend especially in the southeastern counties where fuel moisture values have been lagging. Pine dominated fuel types in far southeastern Oklahoma are rapidly drying out with increasing fuel receptiveness.

Cold front timing for tomorrow will determine the overall impact to any ongoing fire. At this time, the front is forecast to impact northwestern Oklahoma during the morning hours moving across the state through the day. Winds will shift to the north sustained around 25 mph with gusts in excess of 30 mph. Falling temperatures and increasing skycover will prevent relative humidity values from driving fine fuel moisture into any level of concern. Significantly, the probability of widespread freezing temperatures will increase into the weekend prompting the transisiton to fuel dormancy initiating the curing process.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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