Fire Situation Report – October 9, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/08/15 thru 10/09/15       

 NE Area – No Activity

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 1.3 Acres (2-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

 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 10/08/15 thru 10/09/15

                          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:  
 A cold front pushing through Oklahoma has produced rain across a good swath of northern Oklahoma that is expected to push south through the state along with north winds.  It remains to be seen if those rains will push far enough south to provide some level of relief to the drought impacted southern counties.
Significant fire activity is not anticipated today as cooler temperatures, elevated relative humidity and areas of precipitation will stave off fire danger across much of Oklahoma.  Fine fuels will struggle to fall below 10% fuel moisture with Rh values generally above 40% and influencing sky cover today. 
Following passage of the front, temperatures are expected to rebound along with stronger winds and lower relative humidity through the weekend.  Temperatures on Sunday around 90°, relative humidity falling below 30% and  south component winds 5-15 mph gusting to near 25 mph will support active drying of fuels and generate enhancing fire danger Sunday afternoon through the beginning of the week in central and western Oklahoma.  Southeastern counties are not expected to experience the gusty winds, however the drought impacted fuels will support active fire behavior.

 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