Fire Situation Report – October 5, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/02/15 thru 10/05/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – No Activity
SE Area – 10 Fires Burned 77.2 Acres (8-Incendiary, 1- Escaped Debris, 1-Children Caused)

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 recorded on 10/02/15 thru 10/05/15

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:

Eastern Oklahoma remained dry over the weekend while western Oklahoma and Panhandle counties received precipitation including wetting rains in northwest counties. No significant fire activity is expected today with rain chances in the west, and elevated fine fuel moistures east. Afternoon relative humidity values should remain well above 40% along with ample sky cover retaining fuel fine fuel moisture out concern in areas absent of rainfall today.

The drought monitor revealed an expansion of drought indicators across the southern tier of counties supported, in part, by Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) values in the 600’s in southwest Oklahoma and upper 700’s in the far southeast.

A Note on KBDI…

KBDI is a mathematical analysis of upper level soil moisture designed to serve as an index for fire potential. While the model is not a predictor of fire occurrence, it is a high quality indicator of fire severity and potential resistance to suppression effort in Oklahoma. Generally, KBDI is an analysis of soil moisture in the upper 8 inches. Generally across Oklahoma, values above 500 are noteworthy. The range descriptions below serve as a guide to interpreting KBDI

· KBDI = 0 - 200: Soil moisture and large class fuel moistures are high and do not contribute much to fire intensity. Typical of spring dormant season following winter precipitation.

·KBDI = 200 - 400: Typical of late spring, early growing season. Lower litter and duff layers are drying and beginning to contribute to fire intensity

.· KBDI = 400 - 600: Typical of late summer, early fall. Lower litter and duff layers actively contribute to fire intensity and will burn actively.

· KBDI = 600 - 800: Often associated with more severe drought with increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep burning fires with significant downwind spotting can be expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn actively at these levels.

KBDI is a valuable tool for assessing fire severity potential, and is a key component utilized by Oklahoma Forestry Services when assessing the fire environment and potential wildfire danger. KBDI can easily be accessed through the Oklahoma Mesonet link to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

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