Fire Situation Report – November 19, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 11/18/13 thru 11/19/13

NE Area – 1 fire burned 10 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 23 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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 11/01/13 thru 11/19/13

1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: Debris Burning) Reporting Department: Roosevelt 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: Wildland fuels have reached or have nearly reached a fully-cured state across Oklahoma due to several days with below freezing temperatures. Leaf fall is nearly complete statewide which will add to an abundant fuel loading resulting from a relatively wet Spring. The widespread, readily available to burn cured wildland fuels and warm, dry, windy weather once again are dictating the level of day-to-day fire danger.

The highest fire danger today will be seen generally north of Interstate 40. Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph west of I-35 with relative humidity expected to drop into the 30-35% range. East of I-35 is expected to be drier, with relative humidity expected to drop into the 20-25% range with southerly winds 15-20 mph with gusts from 20-30 mph. In and near this area today any fire starting in cured, continuous fuels has the potential to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Fire spread rates and intensities will be greatest where winds and terrain align.

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

NOTE: The Oklahoma Fire Situation Report will be generated Monday thru Friday and will continue as fire activity/danger dictates. If warranted, this report will be posted and distributed on Saturday and Sunday.