Fire Situation Report – December 6, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/05/17 thru 0800 12/06/17 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

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 12/05/17 thru 12/06/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Misc.) Tecumseh FD Reporting 

Statewide Discussion:

A forecast with no indication of precipitation in the offing will hold fire danger in place across Oklahoma. Cooler temperatures and areas of sky cover serve to moderate the threat to some extent; however gradually warming temperatures through the week will facilitate increasing fire danger into the weekend.

The highest fire danger today will reside in western and northwestern Oklahoma including the Panhandle Counties with high fire danger indices firmly in place. Marginal overnight moisture recovery may lead to an earlier start to the burning period as temperatures warm into the mid-40°’s to low-50°’s. Afternoon relative humidity values of around 24% under clear skies will result in fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6%. North winds 13-19 mph with some higher gusts will support moderate to rapid rates of fire spread on any fire that becomes established.

Relative humidity values in central and eastern Oklahoma will also be in the mid- to upper-20% range in most locations supporting receptive fuels in central and northern Oklahoma while strengthening the drying conditions in the southeast following recent precipitation. Sky cover retreating to the south may shorten the length of the burning period in counties along the Red River and limit fuel fine-dead fuel moisture values from falling below 7 or 8%. Northerly winds generally less than 10 mph will provide good opportunity for successful initial attack actions.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Providing for incident responder and public safety are generally the framework for incident objective #1. Taking action to achieve objectives requires planning, strategy and successful implementation of tactics. With firefighter safety in mind, are you prepared for a medical emergency on the fireline? Develop answers to the following three questions.

  1. What are we going to do if there is an injury on the fireline?

    • Are there personnel and equipment on the fireline to provide medical support?

    • Are communication protocols in place to insure a rapid response?

  2. How will we get the patient(s) off of the fireline?

    • Identify route of travel to nearest road or helispot.

    • Are the personnel and equipment at hand adequate to complete the transport?

      • If not identify the need and request additional resources.

  3. How long will it take to get them to the nearest hospital?

    • Will ground or air transport be required?

  4. Will fire environment conditions limit transportation time (smoke, fire behavior, topography)?

    You may be very familiar with the protocol in your area, but often we assist on fires away from home with County Wildland Task Forces and mutual aid. Take a few moments to consider these questions when you are committing to fireline operations.

    County Declared Burn Bans:

  • Alfalfa County through 12/10/17 - Haskell County through 12/09/17

  • Atoka County through 12/17/17 - LeFlore County through 12/10/17

  • Carter County through 12/17/17 - Love County through 12/18/17

  • Cimarron County through 12/17/17 - Sequoyah County through 12/13/17

  • Coal County through 12/13/17 

    For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: 

  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