Fire Situation Report – September 3, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/02/14 thru 09/03/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

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 09/02/14 thru 09/03/14

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:
Rainfall totals yesterday in the northwest quarter of the state ranging from wetting to nearly 4 inches in northern Craig County will subside fire danger in the coming days in that area. The Panhandle and areas of western Oklahoma extending down into Caddo County are quickly losing the benefit of rains that fell one week ago as drought stricken fuels combined with hot, dry and windy conditions return.The highest fire danger today will encompass a sizeable area including the Panhandle extending southeast into Caddo County where heightened fire danger awareness is appropriate. Drought impacted fuels, temperature ranging from 95-101°, afternoon relative humidity values 23-35% and south winds 15-20 mph gusting to 30 mph will support active fire behavior in grass fuels. Coarse fuels, both live and dead, remain very dry and have the potential to increase both fire severity and resistance to control.Rain chances return to Oklahoma later this week as another cold front edges into the state. The potential for heightened fire danger over the western half of Oklahoma is possible tomorrow afternoon preceding the frontal passage.

Special Note to Public: Comanche County enacted a burn ban yesterday. Please refer to the current burn ban listings updated as they are received at prior to conducting any outdoor burning activities.

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