Fire Situation Report – September 17, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/16/15 thru 09/17/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – No Activity
SE Area – 8 Fires Burned 133.1 Acres (12-Incendiary)

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 09/16/15 thru 09/17/15

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:

Warm temperatures and continued gusty winds will hold fire danger in place again today especially in the Panhandle counties and a portion of northwest Oklahoma where fine fuels will be very dry as relative humidity values drop into the teens and low 20% range. Atmospheric instability during the afternoon will promote rapid convection of any active fire and also contribute to the chance of isolated afternoon storms. Any fire burning in the vicinity of a passing storm will likely be subject to outflow winds resulting in the potential for erratic fire behavior today.

Temperatures will be in the 90°’s statewide today with southerly winds 10-18 mph gusting to near 20 mph. Relative humidity values in the Panhandle and far northwestern counties at 20% or lower combined with other fire weather indices will result in elevated fire danger today across this area.

Western Oklahoma and the southern tier counties along the Red River will see relative humidity values in the 30-40% range moderating fine-dead fuel moisture somewhat, but holding moderate fire danger in place over the area. Northeast Oklahoma, while drying out, will experience afternoon relative humidity values in excess of 40%. No significant fire activity anticipated in this area of Oklahoma.

Special Note to Firefighters:Thunderstorms that pass in the vicintity of an active fire have the potential produce strong, gusty outflow winds that often result in erratic fire behavior. Firefighters should monitor fire environment conditions for the build-up of cumulus clouds, changes in wind speed and direction, and changes in fire behavior.

Thunderstorms will produce outflow winds that generally intensify as a storm matures and will change the direction of fire movement as they pass. A storm passing directly over a fire may very likely prompt in increase in flame length and rate of spread in all directions.

  •  Communicate changes in fire weather and behavior
  •  Insure that Escape Routes and Safety Zones are Clearly identified.
  • Reinforce the anchor point and established control lines ahead of the storm arrival to diminish the potential of a blow-up

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