Fire Situation Report – November 27, 2016


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/23/16 thru 11/27/16 

 NE Area – 

EC Area – Statistics Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area – 

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 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 11/23/16 thru 11/27/16

No New Activity Reported 

*These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: A tricky storm system, with respect to fire danger, is expected to move into Oklahoma today providing precipitation chances, although on the back side some very dry air accompanied with strong winds will likely be present resulting in potential for very high fire danger indices across the Panhandle and parts of northwestern Oklahoma including Harper and Ellis Counties. Any area in northwestern Oklahoma that does not receive a wetting rain (0.25”+) should anticipate elevated fire danger this afternoon and early evening.

In the wake of this weather system, Harper, Ellis and the Panhandle Counties should expect near 70° decreasing sky cover. Dry air mixing in will drive relative humidity to 20-25% pushing dormant fine fuels to near critical fuel moisture. South winds shifting more westerly in the afternoon sustained near 30 mph gusting to near 45 mph will promote rapid drying of any rain spattered fuels from the morning and create significant potential for rapid rates of fire spread. In grass dominated fuels rates of spread to near 300 ft./min. will be possible especially when slope and topography are aligned.

No significant fire danger is anticipated elsewhere in Oklahoma today. A drier air mass on Monday will fill in behind the system as it exits Oklahoma, and will result in increasing fire danger into Monday afternoon in western Oklahoma where precipitation was not realized.

 County Burn Ban Activated: LeFlore County (through 11/27/16)

Sequoyah Counties (through 11/28/16)

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