Fire Situation Report – December 16, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 12/13/13 thru 12/16/13

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 12/13/13 thru 12/16/13

No fires reported yesterday.

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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 reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.

Fire danger today will be moderate to high across the entire state. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid- to upper-60 degree range. Relative humidity from the mid-teens to mid-30% range is expected, with the lowest relative humidity readings in western Oklahoma and the highest in eastern Oklahoma. Light winds are forecast with gusts generally less than 10 mph. Wind direction will vary across the state.

Light fuels will be very reactive to today’s fire weather. With this afternoon’s warm temperatures and expected low relative humidity, any unshaded grassy or leafy fuels will burn with surprising intensely. Rates of spread will be highest where wind and terrain align.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Unshaded wildland fuels will quickly dry out today due to warm temperatures and low to modest relative humidity. Use caution when conducting any outdoor burning to prevent sparking a wildfire.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services