Fire Situation Report – November 20, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/17/17 thru 11/20/17 

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

EC Area – 6 Fires Burned 62 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn, 1-Debris, 1-Campfire)

SE Area – 6 Fires Burned 89n Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Other)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Leonard Mountain Fire (Okmulgee County) – 394 Acres, 100% Contained (Cause: Escaped Prescribed Fire)

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 11/17/17 thru 11/20/17

No New Activity Reported (Initial Attack Activity Noted in Media Reports)

Statewide Discussion:

Continued dry conditions will continue through the week following elevated fire danger over the weekend. Precipitation totals have fallen well below normal in the last thirty days with 28-52 days separation from wetting rains in the majority of the state. Energy Release Component, while remaining well below critical thresholds, is on the rise as dry conditions persist. Overall, new fire starts are likely to be contained during initial attack with limited potential for significant fire occurrence.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 11:00 AM through 5:00 PM in Osage, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Pawnee, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee and Wagoner Counties. While relative humidity values may not reach critical levels until late afternoon, a brief period of very high fire danger will exist with temperatures in the mid-60°’s coupled with south-southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting to near 35 mph. Expect the potential for very rapid rates of spread in cured fine-fuels.

Relative humidity values will again fall below 20% in far western Oklahoma along and west of a line from Woods County to Jackson County with Panhandle counties registering as low as 10% by mid-afternoon as temperatures warm into mid-60°’s to low 70°’s. Wind speeds are expected to remain just below critical thresholds around 15 mph gusting 20-28 mph then gradually diminishing through the afternoon. Fine-dead fuel moisture values as low as 4% in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma may translate into some resistance to control efforts with tall grass fuels producing 10-12 ft. flame lengths moving around 140-175 ft./min. at the head.

Elevated fire danger will exist today in central and southeastern Oklahoma as relative humidity values dip below 30% this afternoon pushing fine-dead fuel moisture into the 6-7% range. South-southwest winds12-20 mph gusting to 25 mph will promote moderate rates of fire spread.

A front moving in during the early morning hours will produce northerly winds across the state by mid-afternoon tomorrow along with a slight improvement to afternoon relative humidity values. Given the persistent drying conditions, fire danger is expected to remain in place with near critical fire weather and fuel indices in western Oklahoma.

Through the holiday week, fire danger will remain in place as dry conditions persist. Elevated fire danger conditions are likely again on Friday in western Oklahoma as warm conditions develop again with gusty southwest winds.

Burn Bans: No burn bans currently in effect.

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Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF