Fire Situation Report – October 14, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/13/15 thru 10/14/15       

 NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

EC Area – No Activity  

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 4 Acres (Cause: 1-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 10/13/15 thru 10/14/15

 1 Fire Burned 0 Acres (Cotton Rounds) – (Cause: 1-Equipment) Headrick 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: 

 Rapidly warming temperatures and dry air will hold enhanced fire danger in place throughout Oklahoma today.  Minimal overnight humidity recovery in western counties (moderate-good recovery elsewhere) combined with temperatures raising nearly 40 degrees through the day will exacerbate drying of fine fuels.  Winds forecast to be generally less than 10 mph will limit fire spread potential in most areas.

 The highest fire danger today will be present south of I-40 where temperatures ranging from 90°-96°, afternoon relative humidity values registering 11-20% and southwest winds around 10 mph will prompt very dry fine fuels in this area of the state where intensifying drought indices are developing.  Rates of fire spread are expected to be limited in most areas, but do not discount spread potential in areas where wind and slope align.

 Even though the greatest fire danger has been identified south of I-40, warm/dry conditions in northern counties including the Panhandle will strengthen fire danger across the area.  Relative humidity values will fall below 30% statewide, nearer to 20% along I-40 and Panhandle, promoting drying of fine fuels especially in areas where live fuel moisture is waning as seasonal dormancy progresses and early drought stresses are exhibiting effects.  Winds less than 10 mph will limit rates of spread.

Tomorrow’s fire danger potential ahead of an approaching cold front merits some discussion.  Near record temperatures will continue and the dry air will hold in place; however unlike today S/SW winds will be more noticeable at 10-18 mph with potential for gusts around 25 mph.  Fires actively burning ahead of and during the frontal passage may exhibit problematic fire behavior as winds shift from south to north and gust potential in the wake of the front elevates.  Winds behind the front are expected to be a factor on Friday. 

 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