Fire Situation Report – February 21, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/17/17 thru 02/21/17 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 34.3 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escpaed Debris)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – No New Activity

Large 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/20/17 thru 02/21/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:  Decent overnight moisture recovery across Oklahoma, including fog in eastern counties, will give way to drier air pushing into the state this afternoon. Strong drying conditions will set up in western Oklahoma as relative humidity values plummet into the teens in the Panhandle, northwestern Oklahoma and the western most tier of counties in southwestern Oklahoma.

The highest fire danger in Oklahoma today will reside in the above mentioned area – basically west of a line from Woods to Jackson County. Low relative humidity values ranging from 12-18% in the western counties will rapidly dry fuels that were west of the significant rainfall of late last week. Temperatures in the mid- to upper-70°’s this afternoon, clear skies and light northwest winds will result in very receptive fine fuels this afternoon; however rates of fire spread will be limited by light windspeeds that will shift from the northwest to south with some variability later in the day.

Drying conditions will continue as above normal temperatures and low relative humidity will intensify each day preceding an expected cold front passing on Thursday evening. Fire danger returns to Oklahoma this week with the focus on far western and Panhandle counties. Notable rainfall amounts along and west of the I-35 corridor combined with consistent above normal temperatures will boost some early green-up in cool-season grasses somewhat retarding fire behavior in some areas; however the strong daytime drying conditions quickly increase availability of abundant dormant fuels. In summary, increasing fire danger will build this week with a drying trend. The frontal passage on Thursday will usher in the probability for critical fire weather to set up. The most impacted area will likely be in far western Oklahoma and points west.

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