Fire Situation Report – February 20, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/17/17 thru 02/120/17 

NE Area – 

EC Area – Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area – 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Chockie Fire (Atoka County) – 1,500 Acres (est.), 100% Contained

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/17/17 thru 02/20/17

6 Fire Burned 645.7 Acres (Cause: 3-Escaped Debris, 3-Misc.)

360 Fire (Rogers County) – 638 Acres, 75% Contained

Statewide Discussion:  No significant fire danger expected today. Showers and thunderstorms will exit Oklahoma today having left some impressive rainfall amounts in some areas. With warm temperatures and now two rounds of moisture, wheat fields and cool-season grasses will green-up offering natural firebreaks and somewhat reduced fire behavior respectively.

Dry conditions the remainder of the week will result in gradually increasing fuel availability. Looking ahead, Thursday is setting up to present near-critical fire weather indices in far western Oklahoma into the Texas Panhandle. Impacts of fire occurrence will largely be determined by how fuels respond following the recent rainfall and drying days leading up to the forecast for Thursday.

Vehicle access into many areas will be limited with the increase in soil moisture especially in low areas and along drainages.

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