Fire Situation Report – October 26, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/25/17 thru 10/26/17 

 NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

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

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris) – Additional activity ongoing

 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 10/25/17 thru 10/26/17

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

A strong, dry cold front will be moving into the Panhandle early this morning traversing across the state into the evening hours. With the front, winds will switch clockwise and intensify from southerly around 10 mph ahead of the front to northerly sustained 25-30 mph gusting 35-45 mph (higher in some locations) post-frontal. Temperatures broadly in the mid-70°’s to mid-80°’s, sparse sky cover and relative humidity values this afternoon 24-35% will result in increased fuel availability this afternoon given the intense drying of previous days. Rates of fire spread, while still reduced given live herbaceous moisture, have potential to exhibit erratic rates of spread surging in heavy, grass dominated fuels and problematic fire behavior in open pine dominated timber.

Southeast Oklahoma: Ahead of the cold front entering the area this evening, temperatures are forecast to rise into the low to mid-80°’s with relative humidity values falling below 30%. Fine-dead fuel moisture will be as low as 5%. Given the consistent initial attack activity in the area, expect the potential for problematic fire behavior on any going fire this evening as the frontal boundary approaches.

Western Oklahoma: The Panhandle, northwest Oklahoma and the western tier of counties are now separated from a wetting rain by 19-27 days, and the strong drying conditions of previous days have increased fuel availability. Any fire that escapes initial attack will likely exhibit erratic, wind-driven runs given post-frontal north winds sustained 25-30 mph gusting much higher.

Much cooler temperatures will be in place in the wake of the cold front; however plummeting dewpoint temperatures north and west of I-44 will facilitate relative humidity values on Friday to fall below 25% in some areas. A hard freeze overnight in the Panhandle and northwest counties and more widespread freezing conditions Friday night will push the transition to dormancy while continued dry conditions will enhance curing and available fuel loading.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information 

    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