Fire Situation Report – February 14, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 5 fires burned 14.5 acres (Causes: 3-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

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

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: Light initial attack activity on wildfires occurred in several areas around the state yesterday. No requests for state assistance were received.

The highest fire danger this afternoon will be roughly south of Interstate 40. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 20% range with afternoon temperatures in the 55-65 degree range. North-northwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Winds will begin to diminish after sunset. By late Friday night into early Saturday morning a wind shift will occur. South-southwest winds are forecast to follow the wind shift.

The highest fire danger on Saturday will shift to an area roughly east of the Interstate 44 corridor. South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts ranging from 15-25 mph. Temperatures will be very warm in the upper 60 to low 70 degree range.

Fire danger will moderate on Sunday except for Cimarron and Texas counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the low to mid-teens with temperatures forecast to reach into the low to mid-70s. South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts from 15-20 mph.

Any fire starting this weekend in the areas described above have 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.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: The recent snowfall that occurred and persisted for several days contained very little beneficial moisture. It had very little effect on the cured wildland fuels. The warm, dry and windy conditions over the last few days has allowed most wildland fuels to dry out to the point that they are again available to burn. Please use caution if planning any outdoor burning today or this weekend. Afternoon fire weather conditions each day will allow any fire started to potentially escape control.

As of 7:00 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