Fire Situation Report – December 22 - 28, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/15/14 thru 12/22/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

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 12/15/14 thru 12/22/14

No 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:

No fire control issues anticipated today in Oklahoma.

A lasting inversion that has suppressed fire danger across Oklahoma for the better part of two weeks is likely to break today in western Oklahoma and by tomorrow evening in eastern parts of the state. The lasting sky cover has trapped moisture near the surface which has encouraged improvements in large diameter fuel moistures in much of Oklahoma.

Slight chances of precipitation move across northern and eastern Oklahoma early in the week, but primarily drier conditions and more seasonable temperatures are expected later this week. Wind associated with the weak frontal passage may promote drying of fine dead fuels which will likely bring unsheltered fine-dead fuels back into availability for combustion later this week.

No significant fire control issues are anticipated through the Christmas week. If fire weather or fuel conditions deviate from the present forecast we will issue an update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report.

Special Note to the Public: Many folks have had their Christmas trees on display since shortly after Thanksgiving and proper care becomes increasingly more important as we near the holiday. For tips and advice on tree care, maintenance and disposal please follow the link below provided by Oklahoma Forestry Services:

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