Fire Situation Report – February 20, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/19/14 thru 02/20/14

NE Area – 4 fires burned 12.5 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Debris Burn; 1-Equipment)

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 02/19/14 thru 02/20/14

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: Initial attack moderated over much of the state yesterday due to high relative humidity readings and light drizzle. No requests for state assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.

Fire danger this afternoon will be very high to extreme across the entire State. A strong cold front with very strong, gusty northwest winds is currently crossing Oklahoma. Relative humidity this afternoon is expected drop into the low teens in the Panhandle and range into the low 40% range in eastern Oklahoma. Winds are forecast to remain quite strong out of the northwest through this afternoon and then diminish around sunset. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 50-70 degree range. Red Flag Warnings may be issued later today as a result of the dynamic fire weather situation that will be present today. Any fire starting today has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The strong winds associated with the passing dry cold front will persist through much of the day. Wildland fuels will dry out after sunrise and be available to burn. Wildfire’s burning in tall grass influenced by today’s fire weather conditions may have flame lengths at the head of the fire in excess of 30’. Direct attack at the head of the fire may be impossible. The greatest chance of success will be to catch the head of the fire in a favorable change in fuels, weather or topography. Be sure to wear all PPE and begin your attack at a strong anchor point.

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

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today due to the very windy conditions expected. Use extreme caution today with any outdoor activity that could spark a wildfire.

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