Fire Situation Report – February 12, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/11/17 thru 02/12/17 

 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 931.6 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.)

EC Area – 7 Fires Burned 564 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 10 Fires Burned 105 Acres (Cause: Not Available at Time of Report)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Ball Diamond Fire (Cherokee County) – 900 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Bengal East Fire (LeFlore County) – 110 Acres, 40% Contained
  • Crow Foot Fire (Latimer County) – 415 Acres, 25% Contained
  • Outlaw Fire (Pushmataha County) – 120 Acres, 40% Contained
  • County Line Fire (Latimer County) – 356 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Wesley Fire (Atoka County) – 500 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Sugarloaf 1 Fire (LeFlore County) – 375 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Nashoba Y Fire (Pushmataha County) – 110 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Hollis Fire (Muskogee County) – 300 Acres, 50% Contained
  • A-Team Fire (Muskogee County) – 202 Acres, 30% Contained

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 02/11/17 thru 02/12/17

1 Fire Burned 0.25 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Cyril FD Reporting

Multiple new fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: Much cooler today with some improvement in afternoon relative humidity; however near critical fire danger remains in place and winds will have potential to be problematic through the day. Precipitation chances enter into the forecast this evening in northwest Oklahoma with opportunities extending into Tuesday across Oklahoma.

Relative humidity values across Oklahoma will range from around 20% in the Panhandle to 35% in southeast Oklahoma with the bulk of the state dipping below 30% during the peak of the burning period. Overall, overnight moisture recovery was fair and fine fuels will be readily available early in the day.

Southwest / Central Oklahoma – The windiest conditions in the state will occur in this area with potential for extreme rates of fire spread and erratic fire behavior. Temperatures in the mid-50°s to 60°s and relative humidity values 27-31% and very dry fine fuels subjected to cumulative drying will be readily available for combustion early in the day with poor – marginal overnight moisture recovery. North winds sustained 20-30 mph and gusts near 45 mph at times will translate into extreme rates of fire spread on any established fire. Given the current moisture regime, timber fuel types in central Oklahoma will have potential to exhibit problematic fire behavior including group tree torching and resistance to fire control efforts.

Eastern Oklahoma – Large fuels are critically dry in this area contributing to longer duration firefights. Temperatures today in the mid-50°’s to 60°’s, relative humidity values 30-35% and increasing north windspeeds to 20 mph this afternoon gusting near 30 mph will promote rapid rates of fire spread. Precipitation chances do not enter the area until Monday evening with relative humidty values tomorrow expected to drop below 30%.

Panhandle / Northwest Oklahoma – Temperature 46°-53° with afternoon relative humidity values 20-27% will result in fine-dad fuel moisture values of 4-5%. North winds 15-20 mph with gusts occasionally 25 mph will present opportunity for very rapoid rates of fire spread. Precipitation chances enter the area this evening.

OFS will have Task Force Resources located in central Oklahoma and National Guard has 4 helicopters on duty.

Call the Resource Hotline to Request Resources: (800) 800-2481

Governor’s Burn Ban Issued for 53 Counties: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information