Fire Situation Report – February 19, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/18/14 thru 02/19/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 45 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Debris Burn)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 45 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 28 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Esc. Debris Burn)

* 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 02/18/14 thru 02/19/14

1 Wildfire burned 3 acres (Cause: Equipment) Reporting Department(s) – Guymon Fire Department

** - 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: Initial attack and extended attack activity on wildfires was heavy with numerous large fires occurring across the state. One request for state assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Coweta (Wagoner County) – The Forestry Services’ Northeast Area dispatched five firefighters equipped with two Type 2 dozers and two Type 6 Engines to assist the Coweta Fire Department with a wildfire that had been burning for three days. One primary residence and one secondary structure were destroyed. The fire’s location was four miles west of Coweta and burned 300 acres. Debris burning has been listed as the cause.

The highest fire danger this afternoon will in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Relative humidity this afternoon is expected drop into the upper teens to low 20% range with temperatures in the mid-60s. Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts near and above 25 mph. Any fire starting in this area today has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

***Late tonight and tomorrow a strong, dry cold front is expected to pass through the state. Very strong northerly winds sustained at 40-45 mph with gusts from 50-60 mph are possible in northwest Oklahoma from 4 am to 10 am. In central and western Oklahoma north winds from 25-35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph are possible from 4 am to Noon.****

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: A strong cold front with extreme winds is forecast to cross the state early tomorrow morning through Noon. The timing of the wind’s arrival will not be with the lowest humidity of the day which will help reduce fire ignitions. However, should relative humidity readings are below forecast values, numerous ignitions can be expected. Take time today to monitor and patrol any fires from the last couple of days for hot spots and any potential threats to escape. Mop up any hot spots close to control lines to make sure the fire doesn’t escape control lines.

County wildland task forces should be prepared for possible mobilization tomorrow.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today due to the very windy conditions expected tomorrow.

Numerous counties are 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