Fire Situation Report – February 13, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/12/14 thru 02/13/14

NE Area – 1 fire burned 20 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 02/12/14 thru 02/13/14

No wildfires recorded during the reporting period

** - 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: Wildland fuels will continue to dry as warm and dry conditions prevail over the next few days. Snow pack from recent winter storms continues to melt at a rapid pace which increases the amount of wildland fuels available to burn. Light initial attack on wildfires occurred yesterday across the state. No requests for state assistance were received yesterday.

The highest fire danger today will be experienced in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-teens to low 20% range with temperatures forecast to reach into the mid- to upper 60 degree range. Light northwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 5-10 mph with gusts near 15 mph. Any fire starting has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be in areas where winds and terrain align.

As of 8:00 a.m. this morning, four counties remain under a County Commissioner’s Burn Ban. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

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