Fire Situation Report – November 12, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services


PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/11/15 thru 11/12/15       


NE Area –         3 Fires Burned 355 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area –         No Fire Activity           

SE Area –         No Fire Activity


  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:                                     
    • Zena Fire (Deleware County) – 300 acres est., 90% Contained; 2 structures


  • Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 
    • Washco Complex Fire (Washington & Nowata Counties) – est. 7,500 acres, multiple structures & outbuildings lost – OFS Resources: 4 Type 6 Engines, 2 Type 2 Dozers, 2 Type 3 Dozers, I TFLD and 1 ICT3 – Mop-up and Patrol Today


  • 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 recorded on 11/11/15 thru 11/12/15


            Multiple wildfires occurred yesterday and not all reports have been submitted.

            South Woodward Fire – 604.2 Acres (100% Contained)  Woodward FD

            Large Fire Activity was reported in Osage County


** - 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: 

Multiple wildfires occurred in Oklahoma yesterday afternoon, with many reports yet to be registered.  The strong cold front that passed through Oklahoma delivered very strong and gusty winds coupled with dry air.  In fact, Oklahoma Mesonet registered 5,241 wind gusts in excess of 35 mph.  Cooler temperatures and higher humidity values following the frontal passage allowed fire personnel an opportunity to gain the upper hand on most of the fires.  Fireground mop-up, reconnaissance, and damage assessment will be ongoing today.  OEM has confirmed that a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) has been approved for associated fires in Washington County.  Fire activity in Osage County has also been submitted for approval.
A much calmer day is anticipated today with scattered frost light winds this morning that will develop into northwest around 10 mph.  Relative humidity will be between 25-30% and will present opportunity for fine fuels to burn actively along with generally clear skies and temperatures will range from 55° in the Panhandle to 65° in eastern Oklahoma.  Fire perimeters from yesterday’s activity will require monitoring today.


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 - OD