Fire Situation Report – July 25, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services


 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/18/16 thru 07/25/16 

 NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 13 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – 18 Fires Burned 168.9 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary, 4-Equipment, 4-Lightning, 3-Escaped Debris, 1-Structure)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Rowe Fire (McCurtain County) – 114 Acres, 100% Contained 

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 2 Fires Burned 20 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

 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 07/18/16 thru 07/25/16

  • 4 Fires Burned 70.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Lightning, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Electrical) – Guymon, Roosevelt and Eldorado FD’s Reporting)

  • Additional activity noted in media outlets.

    *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: Hot and dry conditions last week generally resulted in a reduction in live fuel moisture and decreasing upper-level soil moisture. Fire activity was a bit more pronounced last week in both southeastern and northwestern Oklahoma; however initial attack was successful.

Hot temperatures are expected to continue this week with chances for isolated and/or scattered storms and showers on tap through much of the week. While areal wetting rains are not expected, atmospheric moisture should limit afternoon relative humidity values from dipping much below 40% in eastern and central Oklahoma while western Oklahoma and the Panhandle may see some afternoon values nearing 30%. Nighttime relative humidity recovery is expected to be good through the week, and any precipitation received will boost the values providing for high probability of successful initial attack.

Of note though, hot and dry conditions did boost KBDI values which are a reasonable indicator of fire severity especially during the growing season. KBDI values, have crept above 400 in much of eastern, south-central, and north-central Oklahoma which is a typical summertime value that indicates leaf litter and duff layers will contribute to fireline intensity and require increased mop-up in timber fuels. In southeastern Oklahoma, especially along the Red River, KBDI values have tipped past 600 and this is supported by a slight increase in initial attack. Single-tree and group tree torching are regular occurrence; however sustained crown fire runs have been kept at bay.

In summary, isolated areas of elevated fire danger will occur on a daily basis. Reasonable afternoon relative humidity values, daily chances for isolated/scattered showers and good nighttime moisture recovery will limit fire behavior and provide good opportunity for successful initial attack through the week.

 No Burn Bans are presently active. For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

  

     

  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