Fire Situation Report – August 26, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/25/14 thru 08/26/14

NE Area – 0 Fire Burned 0 Acres

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 08/25/14 thru 08/26/14

No 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:
The highest fire danger today in Oklahoma will reside in southwest Oklahoma primarily south of I-40 and west of I-44. Temperatures will again top 100° and relative humidity values will fall into the 23-26% range, however only moderate winds out of the southeast at 9 mph will limit wind-driven rates of spread.

Some scattered rain is present in the Panhandle this morning with improving chances in northwest Oklahoma tomorrow and statewide into the weekend. In the meantime, both live and dead fuel components in the southwest quarter of the state are at levels that will challenge fire suppression efforts should fires escape initial attack. While moist July conditions provided much needed relief from fire danger for a good part of this summer, persistent drought effects are diminishing live fuel moistures in southwest Oklahoma and into central Oklahoma.

Special Note to Public: Before mowing or haying, perform periodic maintenance checks on your equipment including lubricating bearings, cleaning engine cooling components, and checking exhaust systems to reduce chances of sparking a wildfire that destroys your crop, damages equipment and poses safety risks.

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