Fire Situation Report – October 24, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/21/16 thru 10/24/16 

NE Area – No Activity

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 846.8 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

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 10/21/16 thru 10/24/16

  • 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1- Escaped Campfire)

*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: Dry conditions are expected across the state today; however elevated dewpoint temperatures will prevent relative humidity values from falling much below 40% for most of the state keeping fine-dead fuel moisture well above critical levels.

Light and variable winds this morning will become south to southeast later this afternoon around 10 mph with gusts in western Oklahoma near 15 mph. Temperatures this afternoon will top out in the low 80°’s eastern and mid-70°’s western under clear skies. The resultant fire behavior is expected to exhibit only moderate rates of fire spread absent of terrain influenced runs. Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful and reinforced by very good moisture recovery this evening.

A weather system forecast to arrive Tuesday evening will provide some precipitation chances into to Wednesday mainly north of I-40 with the best opportunities east of I-35. Progressing through the week, no significant fire danger potential is expected as winds and fine-dead fuel moisture during the burning periods are not presently forecast to be adverse to fire suppression efforts.

The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be issued Monday, October 31 unless fire danger conditions or fire occurrence become unrepresentative of the current forecast.

No Burn Bans are presently active. For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: