Fire Situation Report – November 24 - November 30, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/17/14 thru 11/24/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

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 11/17/14 thru 11/24/14

2 Fires Burned 1.25 Acres (Cause: 2-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:

No large fires or requests for assistance outside of the Protection Area were received.

Rainfall over the weekend will give way to pleasant weather this week. Herbaceous fuels are now dormant and leaf litter is accumulating in the forests and woodlands increasing dead fuel loading. Dry weather is forecast through the Thanksgiving holiday and into the weekend increasing fuel availability for combustion. Significant fire weather is not expected at this time; however fire danger will gradually increase with extended periods of dry weather.

Special Note to Firefighters: Rainfall over the weekend, especially in South-central Oklahoma, has created soft soils which may create difficulty when operating vehicles off-road responding to wildfires. Prior to committing wildland engines to tactical operations scout on-foot ahead of driving off-road and insure that escape routes to safety zones are traversable.

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