Fire Situation Report – December 9, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/08/15 thru 12/09/15       

 

NE Area –         3 Fires Burned 64 Acres (Cause: 2- Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment)

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 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 12/08/15 thru 12/09/15

 

            2 Fires Burned 8 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.) Lenepah &Skiatook FD’s 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:

Elevated fire danger will be in place across much of Oklahoma today due to unseasonably warm temperatures pushing afternoon relative humidity down resulting in dry fuels in unsheltered areas including grass and grass dominated brush.  Sheltered timber litter continues to cure, however only minimal to moderate fire behavior has been observed.

The highest fire danger today will again reside in northwest and western Oklahoma along and west of a line from Alfalfa to Harmon Counties.  Weather in this area will promote dry fuels and potential for rapid rates of fire spread.  Temperature around 70°, relative humidity values less than 30% and winds southwest 12-17 mph gusting to near 20 mph in some areas will promote increasing fire danger into the afternoon.

Temperature near 70° will be present across the remainder of Oklahoma today with drying fuels into the afternoon.  Winds however will predominantly be light and variable through the noon hour becoming southwest in the afternoon and remain generally less than 10 mph.  The potential for significant fire occurrence in this area will be limited by wind speeds today.

At this time, Friday afternoon may have potential to pose high fire danger conditions, especially in western Oklahoma, as dry air ahead a weekend weather system will be in place.

 Special Note to Firefighters:

Soil moisture is still high in many areas as a result of heavy rains in late November.  Dormant vegetation is not drawing on that moisture and some soil types have remained very soft. 

  • Scout off-road access to fires prior to committing resources to lessen the probability of getting engines and equipment stuck. 
  • Attack from the black!  Utilize tactics that keep equipment out of unburned fuels.


 

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