Fire Situation Report – October 20, 2015


PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/19/15 thru 10/20/15

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 32 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)
EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 6 acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 1-Equipment)
SE Area – 12 Fires Burned 79.1 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 2-Equipment)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:2 Fires Burned 19 Acres (Cause: 2-Equipment) – Choctaw CountyOFS 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 10/19/15 thru 10/20/15

No new activity reported in the online system; however it is noted that fire activity was reported in local media coverage.

** - 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:

County Burn Bans have been authorized by the commissioners of the following counties: Choctaw, LeFlore and McCurtain Counties. Information on current county level burn bans can be obtained at:
http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

Another dry day with south winds in place will keep high fire danger dominating over Oklahoma today. Afternoon relative humidity values will be slightly elevated in comparison to yesterday, but will still yield fine-dead fuel moisture values around 6% in most areas. Dry fine fuels present with very dry large diameter fuels, intensifying KBDI values, warm temperatures and stiff south winds will create potential for very rapid rates of fire spread and intensely burning fires today.

Drought impacts on fuels and fire weather in the southern tier of counties has resulted in very active fire behavior in the past few days. Additional reports of problematic fire behavior have been noted in areas of central Oklahoma.

Southeast- Temperatures 79°-83° with afternoon relative humidity values 29-36% and south winds 7-12 mph may moderate fire behavior from yesterday; however drought impacted fuels should be expected to exhibit very active to extreme fire behavior.

Central/Western- Strong drying conditions experienced yesterday are again expected today. Temperatures 80°-85°, south winds 10-15 mph with potential for gusts near 25 mph and fine-dead fuel moisture at 6-7% will support acgtgive fire behavior and rapid rates of fire spread.

Northeast- Somewhat poor relative humidity recovery overnight will result in drier fuels earlier in the burning period. Temperatures 80°-83°, south winds 15-20 mph with gusts 23-30 mph will promote active fire behavior and potential for rapid rates of fire spread in fine fuels.

Special Note to Firefighters:
Dry fuels combined with unseasonably warm temperatures, stiff winds and low relative humidity can produce rapid rates of fire spread in typical Oklahoma fuels. Utilize safe and effective engine tactics by establishing an anchor point and progressing along the fire flanks while working from the black. Take a few moments to reference the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue that focuses on Engine Tactics. This issue can be found at www.forestry.ok.gov/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