Fire Situation Report – February 26, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/25/14 thru 02/26/14

NE Area – 3 fires burned 326 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 0.5 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 1.1 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

Sonny Gile (Adair County) – This incendiary-caused wildfire burned 325 acres eleven miles south of Stilwell. Six firefighters from the Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Northeast Area equipped with three Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines along with six firefighters from the Cherokee Nation suppressed this fire that occurred in steep, forested terrain.

* 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 02/25/14 thru 02/26/14

No fires 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received from outside the Protection Area during the reporting period.

Fire danger today will be high across the entire State. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20% to 30% range in this afternoon with clear, sunny skies. Winds are forecast to be light and variable with temperatures forecast to only reach into the 30 degree range. Any fire starting today has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. The highest fire spread rates will be in areas with unsheltered fine fuels where winds and terrain align.

Fire danger is expected to increase tomorrow as warm, dry and windy conditions are forecast. The current overnight forecast will only allow for modest humidity recovery in fine fuels. Wildland fuel conditions during the burning period tomorrow will be very dry as a result of today’s clear skies and low relative humidity readings.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Where allowed, if outdoor burning is conducted today be sure to have pressurized water on-hand and control lines surrounding the burn area. When complete, make sure that the fire is dead out. Tomorrow’s fire weather conditions may allow any live embers to blow out of control lines or burn barrels and start 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