Fire Situation Report – November 1, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/30/17 thru 11/01/17 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 1 Fires Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

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 10/30/17 thru 11/01/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Curing of herbaceous fuels as the transition to dormancy continues to progress and warm/windy conditions this afternoon continuing into the weekend will prompt an increase in fire danger. Hearty herbaceous fuels and brush components will transition at a slower pace; however many of the grass species are now considered as component to the dead fuel load and will contribute to a noticeable increase in potential fire behavior in unsheltered areas.

The highest fire danger today will be relegated to the Panhandle and western-most tier of counties generally west of a line from Woods to Jackson counties. Temperatures 78°-85, and relative humidity values 16% in the western Panhandle to 28% under clear skies will result in fine-dead fuel moisture falling to the 6% r briefly this afternoon. Fortunately, winds are not expected to be near critical conditions with south-southwest winds 9-13 mph gusting to 18 mph. Rates of head fire spread in continuous grass fuels should be 75-120 ft./min. with potential for short duration runs where fuels, wind and topography are aligned to be faster. This area has not received a wetting rain in twenty-five days, and those areas that experienced a hard-killing frost with the continued dry weather have fully fuels that are either fully cured or nearly so.

Warmer conditions tomorrow combined with drier conditions pushing into central Oklahoma will result in more widespread fire danger. While the potential for large and/or significant fire occurrence will be rather limited, the potential for increasing initial attack should be expected. Dry conditions through the remainder of the week will serve to increase afternoon fuel receptiveness, and given the current forecast, elevated fire danger will be present in areas of Oklahoma on Sunday.

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