Fire Situation Report – November 10 - November 16, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/03/14 thru 11/10/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 0.6 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-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 10/27/14 thru 11/03/14

1 Fires Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris) Skiatook FD Reporting

** - 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:

Elevated fire danger will be present today across Oklahoma ahead of strong cold front approaching Oklahoma. Strong west winds in the Panhandle and western Oklahoma and south to southwest winds in central and eastern Oklahoma sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph will promote rapid rates of spread in frost-cured fuels. Temperatures today will top out near 75° in much of the state. Relative humidity values in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma may fall below 25% which will prompt near critical fire weather conditions for a brief period this afternoon with the strong winds and warm temperatures. The remainder of the state should see relative humidity values in the mid-30% range this afternoon.

There will be a sharp contrast in temperatures following the passage of a cold front that will move across that state this evening from northwest to southeast. Tuesday high temperatures will be 30-45° cooler than Monday and a hard freeze warning is in effect. Cold temperatures are expected to remain in place through the near-term forecast with night-time freeze events that will quickly move fine fuels into dormancy and readily available for combustion in the absence of precipitation.

Special Note to the Firefighters: Freezing temperatures will quickly move fuels into dormancy and they will be readily available to burn in the absence of precipitation. Fire season is set to return following a relatively calm summer and early fall. Take some time to revisit the basics of wildland firefighting with your fellow firefighters to prepare for safe and efficient response as fire season returns to Oklahoma.

Visit to download a copy of the “Back to Basics”installment of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate.

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