Fire Situation Report – November 25, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/24/15 thru 11/25/15

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 168 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)
EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 23 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)
SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 4 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

· Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
o Campground Fire (7 mi. SE of Jay, OK) – 150 acres (100% Contained)

· 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 recorded on 11/24/15 thru 11/25/15

No Activity reported on the on-line 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:
As is often the case, elevated fire danger will be present in a portion of Oklahoma ahead of the strong cold front heading our way. The highest fire danger today will reside in the Panhandle and extreme northwest counties as dry air ahead of the front will push relative humidity down to 15-25% resulting in very dry fuels. Temperatures in this area will likely top out on the lower 70°’s with winds south-southwest around 12 mph gusting to near 20 mph in some areas. Expect any fire to become established quickly and exhibit potential for rapid rates of spread in fine, unsheltered fuels. Fire danger will peak around noon and gradually diminish after that as sky-cover increases and precipitation chances begin to rise.

Elevated relative humidity values and ample sky-cover will retard fire danger indices across the remainder of Oklahoma; however fire activity cannot be ruled out due to cured fuels that are dry and receptive given that it has been seven days since a wetting rain event. South winds 15-20 mph with gusts near 25 mph along and north of I-44 and into southwestern Oklahoma will provide opportunity for fires to exhibit moderate rates of spread.

Fire danger is not expected from Thanksgiving Day through the remainder of the weekend with strong chances of wintry weather northwest and rain elsewhere. The next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report will be issued on Monday, November 30. Should fire weather or fuel conditions deviate from the forecast, an updated report will be issued.

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