Fire Situation Report – January 27, 2014


 

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/24/14 thru 01/27/14       

NE Area – 15 fires burned 941 acres (Causes: 7-Esc. Debris Burn; 6-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Prescribed Burn; 1-Other)

EC Area – 7 fires burned 364 acres (Causes: 5-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Debris Burn; 1-Esc. Prescribed Burn)

SE Area – 11 fires burned 106 acres (Causes: 5-Incendiary; 6-Escaped Debris Burn)

Forestry Services has dispatched two Type 2 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines and six personnel to assist with a large wildfire near Cement that began shortly after midnight. 

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information.  Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ eighteen 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 for Reporting Period 01/24/14 thru 01/27/14

 No wildfires recorded during the reporting period.                       

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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:  Initial attack and extended attack has been heavy throughout the reporting period.  Numerous large fires have occurred and/or on-going at the time of this report.  Strong winds and very low relative humidity readings associated with a passing cold front have allowed numerous fires to be resistant to control.

Fire danger will be very high to extreme across all but the far northwest portion of the state today.  Very poor humidity recovery in fine fuels occurred overnight with new fire starts possible early this morning.  Relative humidity is expected to remain in the low 20% range and possibly drop into the upper teens.  Winds are forecast to begin diminishing throughout the day, moving southeast from NW Oklahoma.  Winds are forecast to remain the strongest this afternoon southeast of a line from Osage County to Tillman County.  Temperatures are forecast to stay in the 20-30 degree range. Any fire starting today has the potential to burn with erratic fire behavior, exhibit rapid rates of spread and burn very intensly.

Numerous counties are under a County Commissioner’s Burn Ban.  For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line:  1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by:  Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services