Fire Situation Report – February 28, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services




PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/27/16 thru 02/28/16       


NE Area –        

EC Area –         Complete Statistics Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area –        


Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area                                      

  • Bar-G Fire (Mayes County) – 300 Acres, 75% Contained
  • M&M Fire (Cherokee County) – 900 Acres, 75% Contained


Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Lawson Fire (Payne County) – 270 Acres, 40% Contained
  • Perry Lake Fire (Noble County) – 330 Acres, 30% Contained
  • Cashion Fire (Logan County) – 740 Acres, 30% Contained


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 02/27/16 thru 02/28/16


    • 2 Fires Burned 11 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Debris)  Cleveland & Tecumseh FD’s Reporting

       – Wildfire Activity was noted in media outlets.


      ** - 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:  Marginal moisture recovery overnight, a passing cold front and fire weather conditions today will result in continuing fire danger.  The highest fire danger today will reside along and north of I-40 in eastern Oklahoma and west of I-35 spanning all of western Oklahoma.  A cold front that is moving across northwest Oklahoma will move through the state resulting in winds shifting from the south to north at 15-20 mph with some potential for gusts near 30 mph.  Moderate overnight temperatures will increase to 71°-78° with clear skies.  Relative humidity values this afternoon will fall to 18-26% in western Oklahoma, 25-31% in northeastern counties and remain above 35% in southeastern counties.


The marginal moisture recovery, shifting winds and continued above normal temperatures will result in a burning period that begins early in the day and will last into the evening.  Fire behavior may be erratic as the frontal boundary passes accompanied by a change in direction of spread.  When patrolling fires from yesterday, particular attention needs to be given to the south and east areas especially where large fuels and timber fuel types are present.


Special Note to Firefighters:

  • County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mobilization.
  • OFS will have Task Force and Overhead Personnel Resources prepositioned for response.
  • OFS will have fixed wing air-attack and tanker resources available.
  • OHP and OFS personnel will have aerial recon resources available.
  • National Guard rotor-wing aircraft will be available.


Contact the Incident Resource Hotline at (800) 800-2481 to request resources.


Harper County has issued a county burn ban.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

**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