Fire Situation Report – August 25, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/22/14 thru 08/25/14

NE Area – 0 Fire Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 14 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

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 07/16/14 thru 08/25/14

6 Fires Burned 27 Acres (Cause: 6- Debris Burning) (Roosevelt VFD, Cordell FD and Rocky VFD reporting)

** - 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:
Fire danger in late July and the early part of this month was mitigated in large part with beneficial rains in the latter half of July coupled with recent intermittent showers covering much of Oklahoma. However, the southwest quarter of the state is registering twenty-five days without precipitation prompting an increase in both fire danger and fire occurrence. Drought persistence in this area has left live fuels stressed with some fine live fuels returning to dormancy and dead fuel moistures at or near critical moisture.The highest fire danger today will reside in the southwest quarter of the state where temperatures will top out between 99-103°, relative humidity will range from 22–26% with relatively light winds out of the south around 10 mph gusting to 15.Similar weather conditions will continue through mid-week when some rain chances and reduced temperatures are forecast.Special Note to Firefighters: Do not rule out the possibility of localized problematic and extreme fire behavior. A recent fire in Comanche County exhibited rapid rates of spread, torching and crown runs in hardwood.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