Fire Situation Report – August 7, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/31/15 thru 08/07/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – 3 Fire Burned 306.1 Acres (1-Incendiary, 2-Equipment)
SE Area – 21 Fires Burned 439.1 Acres (10-Incendiary, 6-Escaped Debris, 3-Equipment, Lightning-2)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· Rocky Point (Pittsburg County) – 300 acres, 100% Contained
· Grassy Hill (Atoka County) – 160 acres, 100% Contained

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

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 07/31/15 thru 08/07/15

2 Fires Burned 1.25 Acres (1-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment) – Skiatook and Newcastle FD’s 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:

The first week of August resulted in relatively light wildfire suppression activity as occasional rains moved over parts of Oklahoma. In fact, southern Cimarron County in the Panhandle received a rare 6+ inch total in the last seven days. Southeastern Oklahoma, however, continues to register somewhat dry conditions as evidenced by gradually increasing fire activity in that area. A seven county area from Johnston County to McCurtain County are rapidly nearing a month stretch without a wetting rain event greater than 0.25”. Areas of Pushmataha, Choctaw, Latimer and McCurtain Counties are registering KBDI values greater than 500 which translate into increasing wildfire intensity and the potential for fire severity to also increase. Decreasing live fuel moistures in this area are also contributing to increasing fire danger.

As we enter the weekend, excessive heat will prevail across the state with a limited precipitation opportunity across the northern tier and Panhandle counties. Herbaceous growth is peaking in the growing season and fuels are beginning to transition toward seasonal drying. Areas that receive limited rain for any period greater than five days may experience a gradual increase in fire occurrence in the coming weeks.

Live herbaceous fuels are still retaining adequate fuel moisture and serve as a heat sink that will retard fire growth in large part. No significant fire activity is anticipated over the next week.

The next scheduled update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be 08/15/2015 unless fire environment conditions or fire activity merits otherwise.

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