Fire Situation Report – December 3, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 12/02/13 thru 12/03/13

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 12/02/13 thru 12/03/13

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 yesterday. The Fire Weather Watch for today has been CANCELLED for the following counties in southwest Oklahoma: Roger Mills, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, and Cotton.

The highest fire danger today will be roughly west of a line from Jefferson County to Woods County. Counties west of this line that border Texas are forecast to experience relative humidity readings in the low to mid-teens, temperatures in the mid-60 to mid-70 degree range with southwest winds from 10-15 mph with gust near and above 20 mph. Any wildfire starting this afternoon in and near the area listed above has the potential to spread rapidly, burn very intensely with erratic fire behavior. If conditions deteriorate below forecast values, a Red Flag Warning may be issued by the National Weather Service.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Despite the fact that the Fire Weather Watch has been cancelled, outdoor burning is discouraged today in counties bordering Texas west of Jefferson County up through the Oklahoma Panhandle. Today’s expected low relative humidity in these counties will allow grassy fuels to dry very quickly early in the afternoon. The forecast conditions could allow any fire intentionally started to easily 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