Fire Situation Report – September 18, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/17/15 thru 09/18/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – No Activity
SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 50 Acres (2-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 09/17/15 thru 09/18/15

1 Fire Burned 100 acres (1-Debris) – Roosevelt 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:

Fire danger will hold in place through the primary burning period ahead of a cold front that will enter northwest Oklahoma and move southeasterly through the state.

The highest fire danger today will reside in both southwest Oklahoma and also in the Panhandle.

In southwest Oklahoma fire danger will be present along and south of a line from Beckham County to Love County where precipitation chances associated with the approaching cold front will not be present until the overnight hours and the area is nearing one month departure from a wetting rain. In this area temperatures are forecast to be 92°-98° with afternoon relative humidity values at 30% and south winds 11-17 mph gusting to near 20 mph.

Across the Panhandle, relative humidity values will range from 22-32% with temperatures in the in the mid-80°’s and northerly winds around 12 mph occasionally gusting to 17 mph.

Fire personnel should anticipate winds shifting from south to west to northwest as the cold front moves through Oklahoma. There are chances for isolated showers ahead of the front, any active fire is subject to erratic fire behavior an ultimately a change in direction of spread. Frontal passage is expected to approach Roger Mills, Ellis, Woodward, Dewey, Major, Alfalfa and Woods Counties during the peak of the burning period.

Significant fire activity is not anticipated over the weekend with cooler temperatures, elevated relative humidity values and thunderstorm chances persisting through Sunday.

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