Fire Situation Report – December 17, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 12/16/13 thru 12/17/13

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 12/16/13 thru 12/17/13

3 fires burned 13 acres (Causes: 3-Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Newcastle Fire Department

** - 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: Fire activity increased yesterday afternoon, however no requests for State assistance were received. The increase in activity resulted from the warm temperatures and low relative humidity readings that allowed exposed wildland fuels to quickly dry out by early afternoon.

Fire danger today will again be moderate to high across the entire state, with fire weather conditions similar to yesterday. 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 Oklahoma Panhandle and the highest in far eastern Oklahoma. Winds today will be slightly higher statewide than yesterday. Generally north-northeast winds are forecast, sustained at 5-10 mph with gusts near 20 mph. The highest gusts are forecast south of the Interstate 44 corridor in eastern Oklahoma and generally south of Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma.

Fine fuels will be very reactive to today’s fire weather. With this afternoon’s warm temperatures and expected 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: Several fires were caused yesterday by citizens unaware of how quickly grassy wildland fuels can dry out. If conducting any outdoor burning today, be sure to take proper precautions to prevent losing control of your fire. Be sure to have control lines established around the burn site. Have hand tools and (if possible) pressurized water available to extinguish the fire if it starts to get out of hand or starts 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