Fire Situation Report – June 18, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 06/17/14 thru 06/18/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 1 Fires Burned 1 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

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 06/17/14 thru 06/18/14

1 Fire Burned 2 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn) Headrick VFD

** - 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: No unusual fire activity was reported and no requests for assistance outside of the protection area were received yesterday.

Slightly higher humidity levels and lighter winds today will work with some very scattered moisture that is trying to work up into western Oklahoma and parts of the Panhandle to somewhat reduce fire danger today in those areas. As the dryline becomes established some storms may develop in western Oklahoma this afternoon. If a fire occurs, be cautious of the possibility of outflow winds that will associate with storm development.

The remainder of Oklahoma will continue the warm and muggy trend, however much of the drought effected areas of the state are approaching ten days without significant precipitation both live and dead fuels are beginning to dry due to warm temperatures, sufficient winds and evapotranspiration. Precipitation chances today through the remainder of the week present the possibility of reducing this impact, and fuel conditions will be continually monitored.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Areas in western Oklahoma where drought impacts are most severe are experiencing an accelerated return to the potential of high severity fire occurrence. Please be mindful of increasing fire danger in your outdoor activities.Remember… ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires! Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.
Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services