Fire Situation Report – February 8, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/07/17 thru 02/08/17 

NE Area – 4 Fire Burned 29 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

EC Area – 5 Fires Burned 907 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Misc.)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 8 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Pigeon Mountain Fire (LeFlore County) – 846 Acres, 25% Contained
  • Elk Creek Fire (Cherokee County) – 150 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Beaver Mountain Fire (Haskell County – 5,240 Acres, 90% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: Activity not Available at Report

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 02/07/17 thru 02/08/17

1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris) Tecumseh FD Reporting

Additional Activity Noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: Days since wetting rain continue to increase and the cumulative drying has pushed the larger size classes of fuels to both near-critical or more frequently critical fuel moisture values. Increasing resistance to control has been realized in timber fuel types. Cooler temperatures today; however northerly winds and continued dry conditions will hold fire danger in place across Oklahoma.

Northwest and Panhandle Counties – The driest conditions and highest fire danger indices will reside in the Panhandle today. Temperatures 58°-65° and relative humidity values 20-30% during the peak of the burning period will result in continued very dry and receptive fuels during the afternoon hors. North winds around 15 mph with potential for gusts in excess of 20 mph will translate into the potential for rapid rates of fire spread in fuels typical of the area.

Central and Western Counties – Temperatures in the upper 40°’s north to the low 60°’s south will aid in moderating relative humidity values from observations yesterday. Much of the area will see relative humidity values around 35% this afternoon with some locations nearer the Red River will likely see values below 30% for a brief period this afternoon. North winds 15-20 mph gusting at times in excess of 25 mph. Grass and brush dominated fuels will have potential for rates of fire spread at 200-250 ft./min. in moderate grass loads. Timber and brush models have exhibited resistance to control efforts as well as rapid rates of fire spread – especially when winds are aligned with topography.

Eastern Counties – Timber fuels have exhibited increasing resistance to control with low fuel moisture and topography contributing to some challenging fire suppression activity. Temperatures in southeastern Oklahoma in the 57°-67° will work to push relative humidity values to near 30% this afternoon resulting in receptive fine fuels including grass and timber litter. Larger fuel size classes are very dry and have resulted in multiple fires exhibiting resistance to control efforts in timber dominated locations. No significant change in this trend is expected.

A slight downgrading of fire danger tomorrow will be followed by elevating conditions across Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday ahead of a more pronounced cold front. Temperatures well above normal, stiff southwest winds and dry conditions will elevate fire weather nearing critical thresholds

Special Note to Firefighters: For fire suppression assistance outside of the OFS Protection Area, resource orders should be placed through the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481.

National Guard Helicopters available.

Several 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