Fire Situation Report – October 27 - November 2, 2014

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/20/14 thru 10/27/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 4.1 Acres (Cause: 2-Debris, 1-Incendiary)

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 10/20/14 thru 10/27/14

No Fire Activity Reported

** - 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:
There is some potential for fire activity on Monday ahead of a cold front that will work across Oklahoma early in the week; however no significant or high-severity fire activity is anticipated for the week of October 27 through November 2, 2014.

A cold front moving across Oklahoma on Monday will cool temperatures and calm wind speeds by Tuesday morning. Rainfall chances associated with this front are best east of I-35 with showers and scattered thunderstorms.

In the absence of a frost/freeze event, live herbaceous fuels remain viable and should moderate fire behavior in most areas excluding areas in western Oklahoma where exceptional drought indices are present.

Drought impacts changed very little last week with a near statewide precipitation event early in the week. Just over 77% of Oklahoma remains in the grips of overall dry conditions. The southwest corner of the state is rated at extreme to exceptional drought with similar conditions extending up the western border toward the Oklahoma Panhandle. Significant wildfire activity is not anticipated, however isolated control issues cannot be ruled out due to the effect of prolonged drought effects on live woody and coarse dead fuels resulting in increased severity and potential for some resistance to suppression efforts.

We will update the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report on Monday, November 3, 2014 unless significant fire activity or fire weather conditions occur.

Special Note to the Public: The fall season provides good opportunity to apply Firewise practices around your home. As the leaves fall, remove them from around the house, under decks, gutters and in window wells. Remove or cut-back summer growth around the house and other structures. And, as you gather firewood for the winter season be sure to stack it away from structures.

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