Fire Situation Report – August 29, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/01/16 thru 08/29/16 

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 10 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fire Burned 167 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 8 Fire Burned 2216 Acres (5-Incendiary, 1-Lightning, 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Equipment)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Liberty Fire (Pittsburg County) – 155 Acres, 100% Contained  

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Honey Creek Fire (Murray County) – 3,360 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Spanish Peaks Fire (Okmulgee County) – 263 Acres, 100% Contained

 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 08/01/16 thru 08/29/16

  • 7 Fires Burned 192 Acres (Cause: 1-Lightning, 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Electrical, 3-Misc.) – Guymon 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: A broad swath of Oklahoma, generally along and south of I-44 excluding counties in far southeastern Oklahoma, has experienced rising fire danger. Pockets of stressed fuels are beginning expand with the greatest effect in areas comprised of poor, rocky soils from the Arbuckles northeast into Muskogee County. A few fires in this area highlight some resistance to initial attack suppression efforts.

Much of western and northwestern Oklahoma, as well as southeastern Oklahoma, have benefited from recent rainfall with above normal totals so far this month. Central Oklahoma, on the other hand, is registering a deficit in excess of 2 inches over the last 30 days. The outlook for the coming week holds promise of rain for much of western Oklahoma and the Panhandle, while the chances of rain for the central and eastern Oklahoma are somewhat less prominent. Forecasts indicate that chances for scattered showers and storms are present, but widespread rains are not expected.

Live fuel moisture is limiting rates of fire spread in large part; however gradually increasing fire behavior should be expected in areas of south-central and central Oklahoma as the rainfall deficits increase, days since wetting rains increase, and live herbaceous fuel moisture diminishes. Initial attack efforts are expected to be successful overall; however limited potential for large fire occurrence will be present in areas of central Oklahoma and some northeastern counties until wetting rains are recieved.

 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