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Latest Fire Situation Report for Feb 23 shows Burn Ban in Texas County

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 09:31:30 CST

Latest Fire Situation Report for Feb 23  shows Burn Ban in Texas County Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS 1700 hrs. February 22, 2021 thru February 23, 2021

NE Area 3 Fires Burned 57.7 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Incendiary)

EC Area 4 Fires Burned 283.8 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Control Burn, 2-Incendiary)

SE Area 5 Fires Burned 277 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Control Burn, 2-Escaped Debris, 2-Incendiary)
Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

Dead Pasture Fire (LeFlore County) - 255 Acres, 80% Contained

Rock Creek Fire (Atoka County) 120 Acres, 85% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area:

Bluff Fire (Choctaw County) 120 Acres, 85% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 35 Acres

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov reported February 23, 2021

Moderate Initial Attack Activity Observed

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: Dry conditions remain in place across Oklahoma as a cold front progresses across the state. Cooler,
more seasonal, temperatures will be ushered in with strong and gusty winds on the immediate backside of the front. Winds will
relax a bit in the post frontal environment, although fuels that have been subjected to drying conditions in recent days will support
moderate fire behavior. Some light winter weather may ease into the western Panhandle tonight and more prevalent rain chances
emerge on Thursday focused in southeastern Oklahoma. Most of western Oklahoma will remain dry holding limited fire danger in
place well into the weekend.

Today: Stout north winds accompany the cold front currently working across Oklahoma. At 0700 hrs. the cold front was generally
aligned with the I-44 corridor continuing east, and the front will arrive in southeastern Oklahoma during the burning period today.
Temperatures will be cooler than yesterday although dry and breezy conditions over dry, dormant fuels will likely result in elevated
initial attack activity again today. Significant fire activity is unlikely although some large fire activity is probable
Northwestern / Far Western Oklahoma: In the wake of the cold front, temperatures 47? in Cimarron County to 59? in
southwest Oklahoma, mostly-clear to clear skies and relative humidity values 20-29% will yield receptive fine fuels at 5%.
Winds will decrease to some extent following the frontal passage with north to northeast winds this afternoon sustained
10-18 mph with some gusts exceeding 20 mph especially west and southwest. Grass dominated fuels have potential to
exhibit head fire rates of spread 126-185 ft./min. with flame lengths 8-14 ft. In those areas where grass loading is very
heavy, ROS will likely exceed >200 ft./min. where fuels and topography are aligned with wind direction.

Northern/Central/South-Central Oklahoma: A noticeable uptick in initial attack activity in previous days is expected to
continue today in the post-frontal fire environment. Temperatures this afternoon 53? north to 63? south and relative
humidity values 27-34% will yield 1-hr. fuel moisture values at 6% with some 5% observations likely. Wind speed is
expected to relax a bit as the cold front pushes east with northerly winds this afternoon sustained 10-18 mph gusting 18-
25 mph. Rangeland fuels will support potential for rapid rates of fire spread 110-166 ft./min. and flame lengths 11-17 ft.

Southeastern Oklahoma: The clockwise wind shift associated with the approaching cold front is expected to arrive during
the burning period impacting spread direction and fire behavior overall on any going fire. Temperatures will top out in the
60?s with relative humidity values around 35%. Grasses and leaf-litter will support active fire behavior including potential
for problematic fire behavior as the frontal boundary approaches. Grass dominated fuels will exhibit head fire rates of
spread 114-170 ft./min. and flame lengths 9-15 ft. ROS in timber fuel types on established fires will exhibit rates of spread
generally 15-30 ft./min. with flame lengths 3-6 ft. Again, firefighters working going fires should anticipate escalating fire
behavior potential as the cold front approaches.

Near Term: Winter precipitation potential exists in the western Oklahoma Panhandle overnight and into Thursday morning with
rain chances focused in southeastern Oklahoma developing Thursday afternoon/evening although western Oklahoma is expected
to remain dry through the remainder of the week. Limited fire danger will remain in place in the western counties but not to the
extent realized in recent days. No significant fire weather is anticipated into next week.

Burn Bans: Refer to http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info for the most current burn ban.



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