Fire Situation Report – December 15, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/14/15 thru 12/15/15       

 

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 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 12/14/15 thru 12/15/15

 

            1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Misc.) Skiatook Fire Department 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:

Dry and windy conditions today in western and southwestern Oklahoma will result in elevated fire danger. Unsheltered grass fuels have dried quickly following precipitation over last weekend and have potential to support rapid rates of fire spread given forecast fire weather today. Timber litter fuels will support fire spread; however fuel moisture in leaf litter and some mixed timber/grass/shrub areas is lagging behind that of unsheltered grass.

The highest fire danger today will reside in the southwest quarter of the state, south of State Highway 33 and west of I-35. Fire weather in this area will result in dry grassy fuels that will support rapid rates of fire spread, and given soil moisture in some areas engine access may be compromised. Temperatures will range from 55°-65° accompanied with winds out of the southwest 15-25 mph with gusts potentially in excess of 30 mph in areas. Relative humidity values will fall into the 20-25% driving fine fuel moisture to around 5% between 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

Fire danger has also increased in central Oklahoma with a couple of drying days following the most recent round of precipitation. Temperatures around 60° and southwest winds 12-18 mph gusting to near 25 mph at time will assist relative humidity values 30-35% to result in fuel moistures that will support active combustion in open, grassy areas.


 

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