Fire Situation Report – December 19, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 12/18/13 thru 12/19/13

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 25 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burning)

* 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 12/18/13 thru 12/19/13

No wildfires recorded during the reporting period

** - 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: Several large fires occurred across the state yesterday, however no requests for State assistance were received. Fires that occurred in Payne, Pottawatomie, Blaine, and Oklahoma counties were suppressed by local fire departments with local mutual aid companies assisting.

Fire danger today will be highest southeast of a line from Grant County to Beckham County. Strong, gusty south-southwest winds are forecast to gust near and above 30 mph. Temperatures again are forecast to climb into the upper 60s to low 70 degree range. The lowest relative humidity in this area is expected to only drop into the mid-40% range.

Winds remained strong overnight in the area described above. The strong winds overnight allowed for additional drying of shaded wildland fuels below any forested cover. Fortunately, moist air ahead of the approaching cold front will not allow these fuels to dry to a condition where fire control in the forested areas will be problematic.

Fire suppression problems will be reduced today over yesterday due to the moist air which will increase the fine fuel moistures and reduce spotting potential. However, any fire starting today has the potential to exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread in exposed, fine wildland fuels.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is again discouraged in any location southeast of a Grant County to Beckham County line. Strong, gusty winds may allow any fire started to escape control.

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