Fire Situation Report – July 11, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/10/14 thru 07/11/14       

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment)

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 07/10/14 thru 07/11/14

 No Wildfire 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:

No significant wildfire impacts are anticipated today.  Fire danger will continue to build in southwest Oklahoma and in the Panhandle.  High temperatures in the mid-90’s to 101°, south winds 13-19 mph gusting to near 30 mph, and afternoon relative humidity bottoming out near 20% will promote rapid drying of drought stressed fuels over the next few days.  Fire occurrence may come with some problematic fire behavior in these areas exhibiting up-tempo rates of spread.

 A cold front is forecast to move in from the north on Sunday and bring it with some chance of precipitation, however also bringing the increased probability for gusty and shifting winds ahead of the front.  Should any fires be ongoing Sunday, they may be impacted by this frontal passage with increased rates of spread and changing spread direction.

 A good portion of northern, central and eastern Oklahoma has benefitted from recent precipitation.  Live herbaceous fuels have responded nicely to the boost in moisture and will retard fire growth should a wildfire occur today through the weekend.

 Special Note to Firefighters:

Dehydration is the result of the body trying to regulate its temperature naturally through sweating. Maintaining body fluids is essential for sweating. You must hydrate before, during, and after work.

·         Studies conducted on wildland firefighters indicate that during fire suppression activities firefighters need to drink a minimum of 1 quart of fluid each hour of work.

·         Before work you should take extra fluids to prepare for the heat. Drink 1 or 2 cups of water, juice, or a sport drink before work.

·         While working drink at least 1 quart of fluid per hour. Drink as much as you can during the lunch break. Water is your greatest need during work in the heat. 

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