Fire Situation Report – December 2, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/01/14 thru 12/02/14

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 7.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity
Fire Assistance Outside of the Protection Area: No Requests
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 12/01/14 thru 12/02/14

3 Fires Burned 3.4 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Debris) Skiatook 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:

Dormant fuels and dry weather will hold moderated fire danger in place over Oklahoma today. The highest fire danger today will be centered around Dewey, Custer and Washita Counties where afternoon temperature in the upper 40°’s, relative humidity possibly falling below 30% and SSW winds at 14 mph gusting to 20 mph will pose potential for active fire behavior.

Temperatures in the mid-50°’s and afternoon relative humidity values near 20% across the Panhandle will promote receptive fuels this afternoon; however light south winds should temper rates of spread should a fire occur. Central and eastern Oklahoma should expect moderate fire danger with the combination of dry fuels, temperatures in the mid-40°’s and relative humidity values ranging from 28-30% west of I-35 and 32-46% in the eastern part of the state. Winds in these areas will be generally light, around 10-12 mph out of the SSW.

Repetitive freeze events have pushed herbaceous fuels into dormancy and available for combustion with the exception some scattered cool-season grasses and forbs. Leaf litter continues to build as the remaining leaves accumulate on the forest and woodland floor depleting canopy cover and shading. The absence of canopy cover and accumulation of leaf litter will begin to promote active fire behavior in timber fuels given a drying period.

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