Fire Situation Report – July 3, 2014

 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/02/14 thru 07/03/14

NE Area – 1 Fires Burned 1 Acre (Cause: Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

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 recorded on 06/23/14 thru 07/03/14

2 Fires Burned 2.1 Acres

** - 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:

Precipitation over the last couple of weeks has prompted a flush of green and kept fire danger at bay in large part across Oklahoma. No recent reports of problematic fire occurrence have been logged.

The 4th of July holiday weekend is forecast to be pleasant, however a drying trend will begin coupled with high temperatures. Increased outdoor activities associated with the holiday weekend will provide many opportunities for wildfire ignitions. Through the weekend, the general forecast calls for highs in the 90’s, with southerly winds and moderate humidity levels.

The highest fire danger through the holiday weekend will lie along a meandering band across the state from Harmon and Jackson Counties in the southwest through the metro area northeast to Creek and Okfuskee Counties.

Drought indices have slightly moderated in severity over the past weeks; however drought coverage has remained fairly constant. Areas that are approaching ten days since a wetting rain could experience increasing wildfire occurrence.


Remain vigilant to wildfire risks through the holiday weekend. Enjoy public fireworks displays if you can, but if you are so inclined to use personal fireworks please take a few precautionary steps to reduce the risk of wildfire…

Keep a means of suppressing fire at hand such as an extinguisher, garden hose or buckets of water.

 Monitor children and keep them clear of the area where fireworks are being lit.

 Do not leave campfires and bonfires unattended. Drown them out cold!                                               

  Happy 4th of July!

 Remember…ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires! Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON). Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services