Fire Situation Report – December 24 - 28, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/22/14 thru 12/24/14

NE Area –

EC Area – **Information Not Available At Time of Report

SE Area –

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:

Elevated fire danger will be present throughout Oklahoma on Christmas day afternoon. The highest fire danger indices will occur in far western Oklahoma including the Panhandle during this period; however all of Oklahoma will see rapid drying of fuels during the afternoon with the presence of mild temperatures, gusty winds and relative humidity values dipping much lower than has been experienced through December.

Western Oklahoma and Oklahoma Panhandle…
Grass and other fine fuels will dry quickly due to limited nighttime humidity recovery and gusty winds. Temperatures in the mid-50°’s to lower 60°’s, southerly winds 20-25 mph gusting to near 35 mph through the day, and afternoon relative humidity at 20-30% may promote rapid rates of spread in grass dominated fuels. The highest fire danger will be present primarily between 1300 and 1630 hours with improving fuel moistures as sunset approaches.

Central and Eastern Oklahoma…
Fire danger will be elevated during the afternoon hours. Grass dominated fuels will provide the primary threat as timber litter will be delayed in moisture loss. Nighttime moisture recovery should be very good and result in tempering the rate at which fuels become available for combustion. Temperatures in the mid- to upper 50°’s, south winds 10-25 mph, and relative humidity falling into the low to mid-30% range may prompt rapid rates of spread in fine, unsheltered fuels. The highest fire danger will be present between 1400 and 1630 hours.

Friday through Sunday…Fire danger will gradually decrease in most areas as we progress into the weekend. Somewhat tamer winds, precipitation chances (eastern half) and cooler temperatures are forecast to prevail.

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