Fire Situation Report – February 2, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/01/17 thru 02/02/17 

 NE Area – 11 Fires Burned 487.3 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 7 Fires Burned 5,326 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 2-Escaped Control Burn, 1-Misc.)

SE Area – 1 Fires Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Beaver Mountain Fire (Haskell County – 4,500 Acres (est.), 30% Contained
  • Powder Mill (Latimer County) – 600 (est.) – 30% Contained
  • Round Mountain Fire (Adair County) – 200 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Liberty Highlines Fire (Sequoyah County) – 125 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Rat Pack Fire (LeFlore County) – 115 Acres, 100%
  • Shawnee Ridge Fire (LeFlore County) – 125 Acres, 100% Contained)
  • Rock Picker Fire (Latimer County) – 166 Acres, 100% Contained)
  • Chickasaw Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 807 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Cabin Creek Fire (Atoka County) – 280 Acres, 100% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Humphrey Road Fire (Atoka County) – 600 acres (est.), 100% 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 02/01/17 thru 02/02/17

No New Activity Reported

Numerous additional fires were noted across Oklahoma yesterday.

 Statewide Discussion:  Dry conditions continue with 10-17 days since a wetting rain. Windy conditions in the morning hours are expected to subside somewhat in the afternoon, and relative humidity values are looking more favorable - especially in the southeast where atmospheric moisture moving into the area will provide a boost. Cooler temperatures and slightly higher relative humidity will result in a return to more seasonable fire danger over the course of the next few days; however elevated fire danger persists with extended drying and receptive fuels.

Temperatures this afternoon ranging from 35° in the Panhandle to 47° in far southeastern Oklahoma are expected today on the backside of the dry cold front with reinforcing northerly winds. Stiff north winds during the morning hours will gradually diminish shifting to the ESE in western Oklahoma and NE in eastern Oklahoma.

North and west of I-44, temperatures 35° - 40° and relative humidity values 35-45% will provide a slight boost in fine-dead fuel moisture this afternoon of 7-9% as opposed to 4-6% in previous days. Gusty north winds this morning 15-20 mph, will begin to diminish this afternoon. This afternoon, a switch to ESE winds 5-10 mph in the Panhandle and far northwestern Oklahoma and northeast winds further east again 5-10 mph will limit rates of fire spread from exhibiting the behavior in previous days.f

South of the I-44 corridor, temperatures 38° - 48° (far southeast) and some increasing atmospheric moisture will keep from falling much below 40%. Rh values as high as 60% may be realized in far southeast counties offering good opportunity for mop-up on fires in timber across the area. Northerly winds diminishing in intensity through the morning hours combined with higher relative humidity values will limit rates of fire spread and offer much improved probability of success during initial attack efforts.

County Declared Burn Bans:

Coal County-02/05/17 ● Marshall County-02/06/17 ● LeFlore County-02/07/17 ● Sequoyah County-02/07/17

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information