Fire Situation Report – September 2, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/29/14 thru 09/02/14

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 18.5 Acres (Cause: 3-Debris, 1-Incendiary, 1-Structure)

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 08/29/14 thru 09/02/14

No wildfire 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:
The highest fire danger today will occur in western Oklahoma in Roger Mills, Beckham and Custer Counties this afternoon where temperatures around 97°, winds southwest at 15 mph gusting to near 20 mph with relative humidity values near 30%. Rainfall sagging south from northern Oklahoma into parts of central Oklahoma shows potential to mitigate fire danger in this parched area of the state today. Counties lying along I-40 from Canadian County to Okfuskee are experiencing degraded live fuel moistures and some grasses are entering stress induced dormancy in this area raising the severity of fire behavior should one occur.

Special Note to Public: Before mowing or haying, perform periodic maintenance checks on your equipment including lubricating bearings, cleaning engine cooling components, and checking exhaust systems to reduce chances of sparking a wildfire that destroys your crop, damages equipment and poses safety risks.

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