Fire Situation Report – February 23, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/22/17 thru 02/23/17 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 18 Acres (1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 15.5 Acres (2-Escaped Control Burns)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 28 Acres (1-Escaped Debris)

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 02/22/17 thru 02/23/17

No New Activity Reported

Numerous fires were noted through media outlets

Statewide Discussion:  Red Flag Warning in effect today for a large portion of Oklahoma for all locations along and west of Highway 75. The Warning will be in effect from 10:00 AM through 9:00 PM in central and western Oklahoma and 11:00 AM through 7:00 PM in areas of eastern Oklahoma. Near-critical to Extreme fire weather indices are expected today with well-above normal temperatures, dry air and gusty west to southwest winds. A dry cold front is also expected to impact Oklahoma tonight resulting in a wind shift. Outdoor burning of any kind is strongly discouraged today.

Far Western Oklahoma / Panhandle – Relative humidity values in the 9-15% range will be present resulting in fine-fuel moisture falling to 4% in areas and registering 80% Probability of Ignition. Temperatures as high as 87° in this area with Panhandle and northwest counties in the upper-70°’s to low-80°’s. Southwest to west winds 20-35 mph sustained with gusts around 50 mph should be expected this afternoon. Rate of fire spread will be extreme on any going fire.

Near Western / Central Oklahoma – Southerly winds 15-25 mph are expected today with gusts near 30 mph. Fine-fuels that have dried over the past two drying days will likely fall into the 5% moisture range this afternoon with relative humidity values around 20%. Temperature in the mid-80°’s will also encourage vigorous drying, and grass dominated fuel tupes will support extreme rates of fire spread.

Eastern Oklahoma – Temperature in the mid-80°’s and relative humidity values around 25% will result in receptive fuels. Southerly winds 15-25 mph and gusts to 35 mph will support very rapid rates of fire spread. Timber fuels will definitely become available this afternoon given the depth and duration of drying.

A cold front is expected to enter into northwest Oklahoma later this evening and winds are expected to shift to the northwest. Any going fire will exhibit a change in the direction of the head fire with primary movement to the northeast shifting southeast as the front passes. Winds are expected to subside into the early morning hours; however relative humidity recovery in the overnight hours is expected to be poor with persistent active fire behavior.

Friday – Friday will present near-critical fire weather conditions and fire danger remaining in the high to very-high categories. Temperatures will be noticeably cooler, but afternoon relative humidity will fall back into the teens in western Oklahoma to around 30% in far eastern counties. Northwest winds will remain rather stout with sustained winds hovering just under critical criteria. While Red Flag Warning criteria may not be met, expect active fire behavior, rapid rates of fire spread and increasing resistance to control.

To request assistance, contact the Resource Hotline at (800) 800-2481

Oklahoma Forestry Services will have Task Force resources prepositioned in Central & Northwest Oklahoma.

County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mobilization to support initial attack and extended attack operations.

National Guard will have helicopters available.

Incident personnel are encouraged to review ordering and operational procedures in the Aviation issue of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series at: https://forestry.publishpath.com/Websites/forestry/images/Tailgate_Oct_2015_FAST_version.pdf

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