Updated - Fire Situation Report – November 26 - 30, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/24/14 thru 11/26/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 185 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 1-Incendiary, 1-Control Burn)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 10 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris, 1-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

Fire Assistance Outside of the Protection Area”

Free Fire (Pittsburgh County) – 120 acres (100% contained), 4 miles Northwest of McAlester. OFS Resources: 1-Type 6 Engine, 1-Type 3 Dozer

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 11/24/14 thru 11/26/14

No 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:

Dormant fuels and warmer than normal temperatures spanning across Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day and through the holiday weekend will prompt elevated fire danger. Red Flag criteria are not forecast to be met, but afternoon highs in the lower 70°’s combined with south to southwest winds10-20 mph gusting to near 25 mph ahead of a front will increase the threat of fire danger. The front is forecast to push through the Panhandle Saturday and continue to pass across Oklahoma by Sunday afternoon. Relative humidity values are expected to remain above critical levels during this period.

At this time, Saturday afternoon appears to present the highest fire danger enhanced by the frontal passage. Fine fuel moistures will be moderated provided relative humidity values stay true to forecast; however dormant, sheltered grasses will have potential to exhibit rapid rates of spread and potential for problematic fire behavior.


Oklahoman are encouraged to exercise caution with activities that may spark a wildfire over the Thanksgiving weekend. Grasses have entered winter dormancy and leaf litter continues to accumulate in the forests and woodlands providing an increase in available fuels.

Whether you are traveling, preparing your yard for winter, traveling or going afield to enjoy the outdoors there are some tips to heed:·

  • Insure your vehicle is maintained properly and be sure to not drag trailer chains.
  • Do not burn leaves or yard debris on windy days.
  • If you have a campfire or bonfire, drown it out completely and cool it thoroughly before leaving it.
  • Anytime you have an outdoor fire have a means to suppress fire at hand such as a hose, buckets of water or a fire extinguisher.                                                                                                                                 Happy Thanksgiving!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 Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services