Fire Situation Report – December 22, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/21/15 thru 12/22/15

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 ActivityOFS 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 12/21/15 thru 12/22/15

3 Fires Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 2-Misc.) – Pernell &Tecumseh 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:
Warm and breezy conditions will dominate across Oklahoma today which will result in increased fire danger in areas, and any fire that becomes established will have potential to exhibit rapid rates of fire spread.

The highest fire danger today will reside in southwest Oklahoma generally south of I-40 and west of I-44. Fire weather in this area today combined with the length of separation from wetting rains will result in dry fuels and conditions capable of supporting rapid rates of fire spread especially when wind and topography are aligned. Temperatures in this area will range from 65° to 70°. Relative humidity values at the peak of the burning period will bottom out at 25-35% resulting in very dry fine fuels. Winds will be southwest 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Areas with horizontal fine-fuel fuel continuity may exhibit rates of fire spread in excess of 250 ft/min.

Wind speeds statewide today will gradually increase into the afternoon and the peak of the burning period. Areas in a broad swath along I-40 may experience sustained southwest winds in excess of 20 mph and gusts to near 30 mph. Dormant grass fuel moistures are not expected to be much below 8% offering opportunity for successful initial attack; however any fire that becomes established may be stubborn to suppress.Somewhat cooler temperatures tomorrow combined with elevated dew point temperatures will result in decrease in fire danger tomorrow.

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