Fire Situation Report – October 19, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/16/15 thru 10/19/15

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Campfire)
EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 139 acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)
SE Area – 20 Fires Burned 290.2 Acres (Cause: 13-Incendiary, 4-Debris, 3-Equipment)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:Mule Pasture Fire (Haskell County) – 100 acres, 100% Contained, 1 Type 6 Engine & 2 Type 3 DozersOFS 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 10/16/15 thru 10/19/15

1 Fire Burned 12 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Pernell Fire Department 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:

Very High to Extreme fire danger indices will be present in all of Oklahoma today. Warm, dry and windy conditions in the Panhandle and western counties, and critically dry fuels in southern and southeastern counties will present potential for an active fire day. Watch/Warning criteria are not expected to be met in western Oklahoma with afternoon relative humidity above 20%, and winds in southeast Oklahoma will not meet the threshold; however the fire environment today will likely support very active to extreme fire behavior.

Intensifying drought conditions in southern counties have resulted in critically dry fuel moisture are supporting active fire behavior with fires becoming quickly established. Temperatures at or near 80°, winds around 10 mph and relative humidity dipping below 20% later this afternoon will result in very dry and receptive fuels. Recent fires, especially where a pine component has been prevalent, have quickly transitioned from surface fire to aerial fuels with little effort readily expressing group tree torching and short crown runs.

South winds at 14-25 mph with gusts potentially 25-40 mph across all of western Oklahoma and north of I-44 in eastern Oklahoma will promote potential for extreme rates of fire spread. Falling fuel moistures through the afternoon combined with the wind forecast may produce rates of fire spread exceeding 300 ft./min. in fine fuels.

Special Note to Firefighters:
County Wildland Fire Task Forces should be prepared for mobilization today given the fire weather and fuel conditions across Oklahoma. Given the fire danger today that is expected to extend into the burning period tomorrow, utilization of air resources is likely. Taking a few moments to review aerial firefighting use and safety is advised by reviewing the October 2015 Issue of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate addressing “Wildland Aviation Use”. The Tailgate can be found at:
http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate

Special Note to Public:
Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged today. Wildfires will have great potential to quickly grow and pose a serious risk to both public and firefighter safety. Please report any smoke or wildfire to your local fire department dispatch or call 911.

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 - Fo