Fire Situation Report – February 5, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/04/16 thru 02/05/16       

 

NE Area –         1 Fires Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

EC Area –         2 Fires Burned  10 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area –         4 Fires Burned 187 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area  
    • West Cavanal Fire (LeFlore County- 2,586.7 Acres (increase in acreage with improved mapping), 90% Contained       

 

  • Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:  No Activity

 

  • OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:                                                               No Activity
    • 1 Rx Fire Treating 115 Acres (Cherokee County)          

 

* 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 02/03/16 thru 02/04/16

 

            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:  Dry fuels are in place statewide and moderate to high fire danger will develop this afternoon.  The highest fire danger will lie south and west of a line from Beckham County to Osage County.  Temperatures on the upper-50°’s, mostly sunny skies and relative humidity in the 27%-32% range will result in receptive fuels and active combustion in fine fuels.  Winds are expected to be lighter than what we have experienced at 9-15 mph out of the south and offer good opportunity for successful initial attack.

 

Into the weekend, a brief chance of precipitation will move across the state with a weak cold front this evening into the early morning hours on Saturday.  Winds will briefly shift to the northwest and then settle in at westerly 5-10 mph during the peak of the burning period.  Relative humidity will be lowest across western an southwest Oklahoma.

 

Sunday poses and increasing fire danger threat as wind speeds and atmospheric instability will promote the potential for rapid fire growth.  North winds around 25 mph gusting 30-40 mph will support extreme rates of fire spread bolstered relative humidity values falling to 25% during the peak of the burning period.  At this time it appears that the highest fire danger on Sunday will reside  across western Oklahoma including the Panhandle as well as the majority of northern Oklahoma.

 

Special Note To Fire Fighters:  County Wildland Task Force resources should prepare for potential mobilization Sunday afternoon.  While critical fire weather conditions may not be fully met, significant fire activity should be expected.

 

There are no Burn Bans currently in effect in Oklahoma.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:  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