Fire Situation Report – January 10, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/09/17 thru 01/10/17 

 NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 10 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 2 Fire Burned 30.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 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 01/09/17 thru 01/10/17

No New Activity Reported

Initial attack activity noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:  Poor moisture recovery during the overnight hours across much of the northwest quarter of Oklahoma (roughly north of I-44 and west of I-35) will result in fine fuel availability very early in the burning period today. Unseasonable warmth will work to drive relative humidity values to near critical indices across much of western Oklahoma shortly after noon today.

The highest fire danger today will reside along the western edge of the state generally west of a line from Alfalfa to Cotton Counties where temperatures will range from the low-60°’s in the Panhandle to the mid-70°’s along the Red River. The warm temperatures will facilitate relative humidity values dropping into the 20-29% range in this area. Stout southwest winds during the morning hours are expected to switch to the west-northwest and subside somewhat as they have begun to do already in the Panhandle counties. Windspeeds this afternoon are expected to be around 10 mph from the west-northwest with some gusts as high as 20 mph – again diminishing as the afternoon progresses allowing for improving probability of initial attack success.

Relative humidity values look as if they will settle around 30% this afternoon from I-35 heading east. Given recent fire occurrence, fuels are readily available and fires occurring early in the burning period may exhibit rapid rates of fire spread given southwest winds this morning at 15-20 mph gusting in excess of 20 mph at times. The reduction in windspeed and switch to the west-northwest will occur later in the burning period than more westerly locations and may coincide with peak burning conditions complicating fire suppression should fires be active during the wind change.

Overnight moisture recovery this evening will likely be marginal across a large portion of Oklahoma setting the stage for more exaggerated fire danger on Wednesday as temperatures soar into the mid-70°’s ahead of a front that poses to bring significant weather changes into the weekend.

 County Declared Burn Bans:

Choctaw County through February 1, 2017

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