Fire Situation Report – December 15, 2016

 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/14/16 thru 12/15/16 

 NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 4 fires burned 256 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 0 fires

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity 

 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 12/14/16 thru 12/15/16

  1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Misc.) Reporting Department(s): Guymon FD

 *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 today will be highest in the area north of Interstate 40. This afternoon’s weather forecast calls for southerly winds in the 10-15 mph range with gusts over 20 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 25-35% range with temperatures forecast to reach into the 60s in Cimarron County to the mid-30s across the rest of the area. Any fire starting this afternoon in the area described above has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest rates of spread will be experienced where winds and terrain align.

Fire danger over the next two days will be very high due to a combination of very dry wildland fuels, strong winds, and high temperatures. Wind gusts of 35-40+ mph are forecast with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. Relative humidity is forecast to stay above critical thresholds. A strong cold front will enter the state Friday night and traverse the state through the day on Saturday. Any snow associated with the frontal passage is expected to be light and will have a very short term effect on mitigating fire danger.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: A strong cold front will affect the state over the next two days. In advance of the front very strong gusty winds are forecast. In some areas of the state the gust spread of the winds will preclude the use of aircraft for suppression. After the frontal passage winds will shift with very strong north winds expected. Extra caution should be exercised if engaged on an on-going fire Saturday due to the anticipated wind shift.

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