Fire Situation Report – November 11, 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

Not Available At Time of Report

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 11/09/15 thru 11/10/15

1 Fire Burned 800 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Osage County (Skiatook FD./Owens & Co. FD.)

NOTE: Additional fire activity was observed via local media outlets, but not reported within the wildfire reporting system.

** - 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 Red Flag Warning is in effect from Noon through 6 p.m. today across a large swath of Oklahoma today due to a powerful cold front that will deliver very dry air, strong westerly winds this morning and winds switching to the northwest as the cold front passes this afternoon.

The following counties are included in the Warned Area: Osage, Washington, Nowata, Pawnee, Tulsa, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Major, Garfield, Noble, Dewey, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Harmon, Greer, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Cotton, and Jefferson Counties.

Fire weather conditions today will promote rapid rates of fire spread and extreme fire behavior. The cold front will shift the direction of spread on any fire that is burning at the time of passage, moving the head fire direction from the east to the south. Temperatures in the Warned Area will range from the mid-60’s-mid-70’s with humidity 15-25%. Winds will begin westerly 25-35 mph with gusts well over 40 mph. Passage of the cold front will result in a clockwise shift in winds to the northwest and potentially north.

Oklahoma Forestry Services Task Force Resources will be prepositioned for response within the Red Flag Area.

Suppression aircraft, which includes Oklahoma Army National Guard Helicopters, are NOT available today due to forecast wind speed and gust spread.

Special Note to Firefighters:

County Wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for mobilization today. Additional wildland firefighting resources can be requested by calling the Incident Resource Hotline - (800) 800-2481.

Incident Commanders on any going fire will need to monitor wind speed and direction as well as location of fire in relation to the cold front passage. Oklahoma Mesonet provides accurate real-time wind speed and direction observations that can be monitored from mobile devices.

http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/weather/map/current_conditions_with_rh/current_conditions

Special Note to Law Enforcement:

Given the fire weather conditions today, any fire that becomes established will have potential to spread rapidly to the east-northeast early in the day. As the cold front passes expect direction of spread to move to the southwest or south. Any established wildfire will most likely require evacuation of non-incident personnel.

Special Note to Public:

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged today due to today’s forecasted extreme fire weather. Report any suspected wildfire by calling 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 Forestry S