Fire Situation Report – October 27, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/26/17 thru 10/27/17 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 20.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

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 10/26/17 thru 10/27/17

1 Fire Burned 100 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment) Guymon FD Reporting

Statewide Discussion:

A very strong cold front moving across Oklahoma through the day and overnight has ushered in much cooler temperatures with negligible moisture in scattered areas. A widespread, hard freeze is forecast for this evening that is poised to tip fuels toward dormancy along with continued dry weather through the weekend across the state.

Despite much cooler temperatures today in the mid-40°’s to low-50°’s, very low dewpoint temperatures will facilitate relative humidity values as low as 14% in the NW OK/Panhandle, low 20% range in western Oklahoma and 25-40% moving from central into eastern counties as skies clear through the day. Fine-dead fuel moisture will settle into the 5-8% from west to east.

West of I-35: Very light and patchy precipitation this morning will rapidly dissipate with Northerly winds 15-25 mph gusting upwards of 30 mph. Strong winds combined with low dead fuel moistures and declining live moisture values will have potential to support increased rates of fire spread.

East of I-35: Strong drying over the course of the week has elevated the potential for initial attack activity; however residual live fuel moisture and shading in timber fuels continues to keep fire behavior in check in most locations. Initial attack is expected to be successful. Problematic fire behavior potential remains in place across the far southeastern counties where lagging precipitation totals have stressed fuels.

Freezing temperatures on Saturday morning will warm to 48-60° and relative humidity values will again fall into concerning levels statewide in the afternoon. Current forecasts indicate relative humidity values as low as 10% in northwest Oklahoma with widespread 20-30% statewide. West to northwest winds will be much lighter limiting fire spread potential providing for foo initial attack opportunities. Slightly warmer and continued dry conditions will persist into Sunday with winds forecast less than 10 mph.

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