Fire Situation Report – November 10, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/09/15 thru 11/10/15

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 ActivityOFS 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 11/09/15 thru 11/10/15

1 Fire Burned 150 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris) Kiowa County (Roosevelt Volunteer Dept./Lone Wolf Fire Dept.)

** - 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:

Elevated fire danger will be present today as winds increase in strength ahead of a powerful front, especially across the Panhandle into northwestern Oklahoma. Veteran’s Day may pose potential for problematic fire behavior with elevated winds statewide and falling relative humidity values as a strong system works its way into Oklahoma.

The highest fire danger today will be in the Panhandle Counties and northwestern Oklahoma where winds will be south-southwest 15-20 mph gusting to 25 mph combined with temperatures in the mid- to upper- 70°’s and relative humidity values near 20% driving dormant, fine fuels into the 5% fuel moisture range. Fires that become established will have the potential to exhibit rapid rates of fire spread.

The remainder of Oklahoma will experience south winds 10-20 mph and temperatures in the mid-70°’s; however relative humidity values are not expected to fall below 40% holding fine fuel moisture well above critical values. Nonetheless, any fire that becomes established may exhibit rapid rates of fire spread.

Veteran’s Day has greater potential for elevated fire danger statewide with relative humidity values falling to or below 30% driving fine fuel moisture down. Winds are expected to be pretty stiff out of the west with northwestern Oklahoma seeing winds in the 30-40 mph range and potential for gusts near 55 mph. The bulk of the state will experience winds 20-30 mph with gusts near 40 mph. Fires that occur in grass fuels will have the potential to exhibit rates of fire spread in excess of 300 feet per minute.Special

Note to Firefighters:County Wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for potential mobilization should large fire activity develop.

Special Note to Public:Outdoor burning activities today and on Veteran’s Day are strongly discouraged. Fire weather conditions will favor rapid fire growth and potential for extreme 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 Forestry Services - ODAFF