Fire Situation Report – July 7, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 1 Fires Burned 2 Acres (Cause: Fireworks)       

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 07/03/14 thru 07/07/14

 

No Fires 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:

 

Hot and dry weather conditions return to much of the state this week, and with them fire danger will begin an increase. The highest fire danger today will reside west of I-35 and north and of I-40 encompassing the northwest quarter of Oklahoma including the Panhandle where afternoon high temperatures between 98 - 104°, SSW winds around 14-17 mph gusting into the low 20 mph range combine with relative humidity values settling in around 20-25% this afternoon.
Drought impacts remain in place across most of the state and stressed fuels are reacting quickly to short term drying trends as evidenced by some fire activity reported by media over the holiday weekend.  There is a frontal system forecast to move into northern Oklahoma mid-week that may expand into central and eastern parts of the state that may bring mitigating rainfall to some areas, however the benefit will be determined by coverage and amount.
SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Hot and dry summer days will increase chances of wildfire occurrence.  Fire personnel are encouraged to ensure that their wildland engines and equipment are in full service and maintenance issues addressed.  Ensure your personal protection equipment is serviceable and ready to go.
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