Fire Situation Report – November 3 - November 9, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/27/14 thru 11/03/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 50 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 220.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Campfire)

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

2 Fires Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 2-Debris) Roosevelt VFD 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:

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:

Honobia Creek (Pushmataha County) – 210 acres in Pine Plantation, Cause-Incendiary

A good portion of Oklahoma experienced the first freeze/frost event late last week which will prompt herbaceous fuels to transition into seasonal dormancy and quickly increase the amount of available fine fuel. Fortunately, the potential for a statewide wetting rain event early in the week should keep fire danger moderated.

Rainfall has begun in the Panhandle, albeit scattered and light, and is expected to move across northwest Oklahoma expanding across the state with lines of showers that may contain a few imbedded thunderstorms. Presently, National Weather Service forecast totals are promising, and hold potential for favorable accumulation in some of the heavily drought impacted areas. Nonetheless, the majority of Oklahoma is expected to receive a wetting rain.

The latter part of the week is expected to be pleasant with more seasonable temperatures than what has been experienced recently. Shorter periods of daylight and cooler temperatures will aid in moderating fire danger late in the week given a wetting rain early in the week.

Special Note to the Firefighters: Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) has developed the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series, a compilation of brief, topic-driven training opportunities available to fire departments and wildland agencies to facilitate safety discussions. It is critical for all firefighters to develop knowledge of initial and extended attack operations in both the wildland and wildland-urban interface in order to greatly enhance their safety and effectiveness. Visit to download a copy then gather around the tailgate and take advantage of informal training opportunities.

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