Fire Situation Report – September 22, 2014


 

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/18/14 thru 09/22/14       

 

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 09/18/14 thru 09/22/14

 

                1 Fire Burned 30 acres (Cause: 1-Debris) Sentinel VFD Reporting

 

** - 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:

Cooler and generally drier air across Oklahoma comes with the beginning of the Fall season.  Low to moderate fire danger is expected today in Oklahoma where high temperatures will range from the upper 70’s to mid-80’s, generally light east-component winds, relative humidity values in the low to mid 30% range and adequate herbaceous fuel moisture limiting fire growth potential.
 As the growing season begins to wind down and we move toward the dormant season, it should be noted that there are several key wildland fire severity indicators that are concerning as a result of persistent drought conditions.  Large diameter fuel moistures remain in single digit percentages in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle with live woody fuel moistures continuing to show signs of drought stress from the I-35 corridor heading west.  We have experienced a period of relative calm with regard to wildland fire through much of August and September, but extended duration precipitation events will need to occur before fire severity indicators recover.  Situation awareness regarding current drought stressors on wildland fuels should be considered as we approach the fall season.
 
 
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