Fire Situation Report – September 15, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/11/15 thru 09/15/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – No Activity
SE Area – 9 Fires Burned 34.4 Acres (7-Incendiary, 2-Equipment)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

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 recorded on 09/11/15 thru 09/15/15

1 Fire Burned 3 Acres (1-Equipment) – Guymon FD 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:

Strong winds yesterday served to dry out fine fuels and prompt active fire behavior in some areas of western Oklahoma. Continued winds this afternoon and warming temperatures will result in rising fire danger over the coming days. Rain chances will move back into the picture on Friday along with increased atmospheric instability.

The highest fire danger today will be present in southwest Oklahoma west of I-35 and south of a line from Beckham County to McClain County.  Dry fuels and strong winds will create potential for rapid rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuel types. Winds in this area will be southerly at 15-20 mph gusting to near 30 mph at times combined with temperatures 88°-92°. Afternoon relative humidity values in this area will register below 30% promoting dry fine fuels.

Elevated fire danger is expected in the remainder of western Oklahoma including the Panhandle where the benefit of light precipitation over the last three days will wane. Stiff southerly winds combined with temperatures in the upper 80°’s to mid-90°’s and afternoon relative humidity below 30% will accelerate drying of fuels prompting rising fire danger through Thursday.

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