Fire Situation Report – January 10, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/09/14 thru 01/10/14

NE Area – 0 fires

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’ eighteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 01/09/14 thru 01/10/14

No fires recorded yesterday

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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 yesterday.

The highest fire danger today will be seen near and west of a line from Woods County to Tillman County. In this area a cold front is forecast to push through the area which will shift winds from southwest to northwest. This afternoon relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-teens in Cimarron County to the upper 20% range over the rest of this area. Northwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts near and above 25 mph. Any fire starting in or near this area has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

This weekend the highest fire danger will be on Sunday, with the worst fire weather conditions expected west of a rough line from Grant County to Love County. Warm temperatures, relative humidity dropping into the 25-30% range, with generally southerly winds from 5-15 mph with gust near and above 30 mph is forecast. Fire behavior in shaded fuels found in forested areas will be moderated by the moisture received over the past few days. However, any fire starting in unshaded, fine fuels will be very reactive to Sunday’s fire weather conditions. In these fuels, expect very intense, erratic fire behavior with rapid rates of spread. In addition, some areas in the northwest part of the state could see a wind shift during the day on Sunday.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not advised on Sunday due to the dry, windy conditions that will be present over most of the state. Check to make sure that any burning done on Saturday is dead out to prevent Sunday’s gusty winds from blowing any live embers into surrounding dry wildland fuels which could spark a wildfire.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. 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