Fire Situation Report – December 23, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 12/22/15 thru 12/23/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Debris)
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 12/22/15 thru 12/23/15

No New Activity Reported

** - 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:
Stiff winds continuing this morning, diminishing only slightly through the day, will settle in at a westerly direction this afternoon combined with dry fuels across much of western and central Oklahoma will hold limited fire danger in place over a broad swath of Oklahoma. Rainfall and some storms overnight continuing this morning in southeastern Oklahoma will keep fire danger at bay in that area.

The highest fire danger today will be south and west of a line from Ellis County to Jefferson County where dry fuels, above normal temperatures along with continued winds will provide opportunity for fires to quickly spread in fine fuels. Temperatures will range from 58-68° with west component winds 10-15 mph. Relative humidity values this afternoon in this area at 30-35% (a few locations may dip below 30%) will result in dry fuels and potential for elevated rates of fire spread.

Northern and Central Oklahoma have dry fuels with nearly 10 days separation from wetting rains resulting in receptive fuels during the brief afternoon burning period. Relative humidity values across this area around 40% will hold fine fuel moisture well above critical indices. Winds 10-15 out of the west gusting to near 20 mph in northeastern Oklahoma will provide potential for rapid rates of fire spread in homogenous fine-fuels if a fire becomes established; however conditions should offer opportunity for successful initial attack.

Thursday - A weak front is forecast to move across Oklahoma tomorrow and limited fire danger will hold in place across western and central regions of the state. North component winds less than 10 mph will limit fire spread potential, however relative humidity values below 35% will spread into northeast Oklahoma,

Christmas Day will include rain chances building in during the evening hours with stronger chances statewide into Saturday. Forecasts at this time appear to be deteriorating into Saturday evening through the weekend with mixed precipitation probabilities becoming stronger. Snow west to heavy rains east.

We will issue the next update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report as fuels and/or fire weather conditions merit.

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