Fire Situation Report – November 17, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

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

 NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 

 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 11/16/17 thru 11/17/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Warm and windy conditions ahead of a dry cold front entering Oklahoma this evening combined with low afternoon relative humidity values will result in near-critical fire weather conditions for a brief period in the Panhandle, northwestern and far western Oklahoma counties. Warm and windy conditions will also be present in central and eastern Oklahoma; however sky cover and elevated dew point temperatures will limit relative humidity from dipping into levels of concern.

Again, the highest fire danger will exist in the Panhandle, northwestern and western tier counties today along and west of a line from Woods County to Harmon County. Respectable overnight moisture recovery will rapidly dissipate as temperatures warm and winds mix in drier air. Temperatures in the low to mid-80°’s and relative humidity values 18-25% (a few 15% observations expected) will result in fine-dead fuel moistures at 5% in much of the area for a brief time this afternoon -primarily 2:00 pm through 5:00 pm. Southwest to west-southwest winds 18-25 mph gusting near 30 mph will promote potential for rapid rates of fire spread around 190-250 ft./min. in areas left fallow. Given the brief period of intensified fire danger, the potential for increased initial attack should be expected along with some problematic fire behavior. Significant fire occurrence probability has been kept in check with Energy Release Component observations moderating over the last couple of weeks.

Central and eastern Oklahoma will also experience above normal temperatures and stout south-southwest winds; however relative humidity values are not expected to fall below 40% limiting fine fuels from producing problematic fire behavior. Initial attack activity is expected to be largely successful in the majority of the area today.

Saturday: Cold front passage in the overnight hours will deliver cooler temperatures and northerly winds across the state by 10:00 am. Overnight moisture recovery across the western counties will result in a bit earlier development of the burning period on Saturday; however slightly moderated by relative humidity values. Post-frontal fire danger will be more widespread with mostly clear skies state wide and relative humidity values ranging from 25% in the Panhandle to 39% in southeast counties. North winds in the upper 20 mph with gusts at time near or above 30 mph will support the potential for rapid rates of fire spread in areas where fuels and topography are aligned with the winds. Increased potential for fire occurrence will be present, but initial attack efforts are expected to be largely successful.

Sunday: Calmer winds are expected Sunday; however dry conditions will persist. Given the current forecast, the highest fire danger will again occur in the Panhandle/northwestern/western tier counties where afternoon relative humidity values are expected to briefly dip below 25% with afternoon highs around 60°. Southwest winds 10-15 mph with gusts above 20 mph will deliver moderate rates of fire spread. A cold start to the day will delay the burning period from developing earlier in the day.

Good overnight moisture recovery in central and eastern Oklahoma will give way to dry afternoon conditions as relative humidity values fall into the 28-35% range. A brief afternoon burning period will be limited light southwest winds.

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