Fire Situation Report – September 25, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/24/15 thru 09/25/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – No Activity
SE Area – No Activity

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

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 09/24/15 thru 09/25/15

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 and dry conditions will prevail in southeastern Oklahoma where drought indices have crept back into consideration. Moderate drought indication is evidenced along the southern tier counties with intensifying severity in the southeast. A sliver of Extreme Drought (D3) conditions in McCurtain County is now indicated on the current drought monitor reflecting the effects of warm weather and the precipitation deficit since the tap turned off in late June. Significant fire activity has been kept in check as of late due to relatively light winds. The same will hold true for today and through the weekend with warm, dry conditions continuing to promote the cumulative effect of drying of fuels across southern Oklahoma. Light winds will limit the likelihood of rapid fire growth offering opportunity for successful initial attack.

No significant fire activity is expected in Oklahoma today with recent rains in the west, and generally light winds statewide. Temperatures statewide will be 81°-90° with afternoon relative humidity values around 30% in the southern tier of counties and near 40% or higher further north. Light northeast around 5 mph across much of the state will keep rates of fire spread in check offering opportunity for successful initial attack.

Rain chances will develop late this afternoon and overnight in northwest Oklahoma keeping fire danger in check for that area through the weekend. Dry conditions will prevail across the remainder of the state through Sunday, but again generally light winds will limit potential for large fire growth.

Drought creeps back in .......

 With the end of the growing season drawing near, herbaceous fuels will begin to cure and leaf-fall will accumulate, increasing the amount of fuel readily available for combustion.  In areas where drought indices have re-developed in the southern tier of counties, fire personnel should prepare for the potential of higher severity fires and possibly longer duration mop-up due to low fuel moisture in the diameter fuels.

 

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