Fire Situation Report – February 17, 2016

Fire Situation Report – February 17, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/16/16 thru 02/17/16

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 133 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Debris)
EC Area – 4 Fires Burned 2606 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary
SE Area – 7 Fires Burned 1,025.1 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 2-Debris, 1-Equipment, 1-Breakover)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area

Gap Fire (Latimer County) – 900 Acres, 75% Contained

Gene Allen Corral Fire (Pittsburgh County) – 2,606 Acres, 75% Contained

South Fork Fire (Pushmataha County) – 820 Acres, 75% Contained

5 Mile Fire (McCurtain County-USFS Protection) – 800 Acres est., 50% Contained

Terefita Fire (Cherokee County) – 590 Acres, 100% Contained
**OFS had all available firefighting units engaged in the Protection Area including OKNG Aircraft.

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No 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 recorded on 02/16/16 thru 02/17/16

· 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres – Guymon FD Reporting

** - 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: Very High fire danger will reside across Oklahoma today. Temperature 67°-73° will contribute to pushing relative humidity value to 23-30% (lower in the Panhandle). The threat will be greatest today along a broad swath following I-44 as south-southwest winds around 15 mph gusting in excess of 20 mph at times develop this afternoon. Winds are expected to be lighter and much less gusty than yesterday in southeast Oklahoma with south winds around 10 mph.

Some fires have exhibited extreme fire behavior and resistance to suppression efforts. This trend is expected to last through the week. Timber litter and other sheltered fuel models have transitioned to supporting active fie behavior.

Thursday will present very warm temperatures, strong winds and low humidity with dry/receptive fuels in place. A warning indicates that critical fire weather is imminent while a watch indicates that critical fire weather is likely/possible and can be upgraded to a warning as conditions merit.

Red Flag Warning effective for Cimarron, Texas and Beaver Counties on Thursday from Noon through 6:00 PM. Temperature 85 deg., Relative Humidity 5-15%, and southwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Fire Weather Watch effective for Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Roger Mills, Osage, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Pawnee, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, McIntosh, Sequoyah, Pittsburgh, Haskell, Latimer and LeFlore Counties from Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Very dry and windy conditions are expected.

Special Note to Firefighters: County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for potential mobilization Wednesday through Friday.

redFirefighters are encourages to review the “Engine Tactics” Wildland Tailgate Training.Incident Commanders are encouraged to review the “Expanding Incidents” Wildland Tailgate Training Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series is available at

All recent fires and new fires today will require thorough mop-up and patrol to insure that they do not escape containment lines with winds forecast for tomorrow.

There are no County Burn Bans currently in effect in Oklahoma. 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