Fire Situation Report – October 28, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/24/16 thru 10/27/16        

NE Area – No Activity

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

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 recorded on 10/24/16 thru 10/28/16

• 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (Cause: 1- Escaped Campfire)

*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:  Unseasonable heat and gusty winds will combine to elevate fire danger in the western half Oklahoma today with highest fire danger indices north and west of a line from Woods County to Roger Mills County.  Temperature 85°-90° will work to drive relative humidity values this afternoon into the 20-25% with even lower reading in the western Panhandle. South to southwest winds15-25 mph with gusts this afternoon up to around 30 mph will support rapid rates of fire spread this afternoon especially where winds and topography are aligned.  The absence of a hard freeze occurring to date across the area has allowed live fuel moisture to remain as a heat sink, however due to extended drying periods and seasonal curing that benefit is diminishing.

Moderate moisture recovery overnight in western Oklahoma will lead to fuel availability earlier in the day Saturday and fire danger creeping further east toward the I-35 corridor.  Afternoon highs again climbing into the 85°-92° will aid in driving relative humidity values into the 30% range with much lower observations likely in far northwestern and Panhandle counties.  Winds out of the southwest around 20 mph and some gusts in the afternoon in excess of 25 mph may result infires exhibiting rapid rates of fire spread where warm-season grasses have succumbed to seasonal curing.  Respectable overnight moisture recovery will aid in good probability of initial attack success.

No Burn Bans are presently active.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

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