Fire Situation Report – November 16, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/13/17 thru 11/16/17 

 NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 34.8 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

 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 11/13/17 thru 11/16/17

 No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Despite below normal precipitation across Oklahoma in the last thirty days, concerning fire danger has been averted by sky cover, quality overnight moisture recovery and elevated dew point temperatures limiting relative humidity from dipping into levels of concern. While no significant fire activity is expected today, increasing fire danger Friday across western Oklahoma and a bit more widespread Saturday will be spurred on by a cold front lowering afternoon relative humidity and gusty winds.

Today, the highest fire danger will be in the western half of the Panhandle where relative humidity values will likely be in the 18 -25% range this afternoon. Southwest winds around 12 mph gusting to near 20 mph will prompt moderate rates of fire spread on any fire that becomes established; however initial attack is expected to be successful during the brief period of elevated fire danger in the afternoon.

Pre-frontal weather on Friday including above normal temperatures, falling relative humidity values and gusty southwest winds will result in elevated fire danger targeted at Northwest Oklahoma/Panhandle and along the western tier of counties to some extent. Saturday, while cooler, may likely hold opportunity for more wide-spread fire danger.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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    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