Fire Situation Report – February 24, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/23/16 thru 02/24/16       

 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 31.1 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)        

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – No Activity

 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area                                       No New Activity

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:  No New 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/23/16 thru 02/24/16

 

    • 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:  Fire danger will rapidly return today north and west of I-44 where precipitation amounts were nil to minimal.  Falling relative humidity values and brisk winds will serve to dry out fuels quickly.

 

The highest fire danger today will reside in northwest and parts of western Oklahoma from Clinton to Enid where fine fuels will potentially register 4% fuel moisture this afternoon.  Low relative humidity between 12%-20%, northwest winds around 15 mph gusting to 20 mph and temperatures 57°-64°combined with ample dormant fuels will create potential for rapid rates of fire spread.

 

There is a sharp line between areas where wetting rains were realized and where they were not.  Many areas north of I-40 in eastern Oklahoma and north of I-44 in western regions received little to no precipitation, and given fire weather conditions today firefighting resources should expect activity this afternoon.  Elsewhere, rain amounts varied from less than a tenth of an inch to just over 2 inches.  However, stiff northwest winds, clear skies and relative humidity falling into the 30% range (or lower) will facilitate rapid drying of fine fuels and continued fire danger into the weekeknd.

 

There are no County Burn Bans currently in effect in Oklahoma.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

**NOTE:  Some municipalities have enacted local outdoor burning bans.  Check with your local authorities prior to conducting outdoor burning activities.

 

 

 



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