Fire Situation Report – February 21, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/20/14 thru 02/21/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 2.5 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 8 fires burned 141 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn, 1-Equipment; 1-Other

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/20/14 thru 02/21/14

3 fires burned 19 acres (Causes: 3-Escaped Debris Burn) Reporting Department(s): Collinsville Rural FD

** - 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: Two requests for state assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday. The Forestry Services’ East Central Area assisted with one two-acre electrical fire on the south side of McAlester and a six-acre incendiary fire four miles east of Stigler.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the following counties: Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Cotton, and Jefferson. The relative humidity this afternoon is expected to drop into the low teens with southwest winds sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Afternoon temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid- to upper 60 degree range.For more info about the Red Flag Warning visit the NWS Norman Forecast Office website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from Noon to 6 p.m. for the following counties: Ottawa, Pawnee, Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Rogers, and Mayes. The relative humidity this afternoon is expected to drop into the low teens with southwest winds sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Afternoon temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid- to upper 60 degree range.For more info about the Red Flag Warning visit the NWS Tulsa Forecast Office website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tsa/
Any fire starting today in the Warning Areas has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and exhibit erratic fire behavior.

Fire danger over the weekend will remain high to very high across the State.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Humidity recovery overnight in fine fuels was poor to moderate across the State. Many areas could see fire ignitions by mid-morning which would allow any fire started early today to potentially cover large areas. Take time this morning to ensure firefighting apparatus is ready for action. If engaging on a wildfire today, be sure to wear the full complement of PPE to avoid unnecessary injury.

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

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today in and near the Warning Areas mentioned above due to the very dry, windy and warm 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:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

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