Fire Situation Report – February 27, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/26/14 thru 02/27/14

NE Area – 5 fires burned 188 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 1-Other)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 31 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

SE Area – 0 fires

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

Conn (Adair County) – Three firefighters from the Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Northeast Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and one Type 6 Engines suppressed this incendiary-caused wildfire that occurred twelve miles northwest of Stilwell. The fire burned 150 acres in steep, rugged 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 02/26/14 thru 02/27/14

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.

The highest fire danger today will be west of a rough line from Jefferson County to Osage County. Winds are forecast to be south-southwest at 15-20 mph with some gusts near 30 mph. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20% range this afternoon with temperatures reaching into the low to mid-50s. Humidity recovery in fine fuels was moderate to good in this area. Fine fuels will dry out quickly this morning with fire starts possible by Noon. Rapid rates of spread are possible with any fire starting today, especially in areas with unsheltered fine fuels where winds and terrain align.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Friday afternoon for the area roughly west of a line from Atoka County to Kay County. Strong, gusty winds combined with warm temperatures and low relative humidity will allow for erratic fire behavior, rapid rates of spread and intense burning conditions. A Red Flag Warning may be issued as conditions warrant.

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