Fire Situation Report – January 13, 2014 (period 1/10 - 1/13)

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/10/14 thru 01/13/14

NE Area – 10 fires burned 45.5 acres (Causes: 5-Incendiary; 4-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Other)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 15 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.2 acres (Cause: Equipment)

* 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 01/10/14 thru 01/13/14

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: High winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures prompted the issuance of a Red Flag Warning for a large part of Oklahoma on Sunday. Several fires occurred around the state yesterday. From outside of the Protection Area, information is still being received of wildfires that occurred near Rush Springs, Calumet, Yukon, Okarche, Guthrie, Oklahoma City, McCloud, Nowata, and Stillwater. One request for State assistance was received yesterday:

McAlester (Pittsburg County) – The McAlester Fire Department requested Forestry Services assistance on a wildfire that burned 30 acres within the McAlester City Limits. One unit (1-Type 3 Dozer, 1-Type 6 Engine, and two firefighters) from the East Central Area were dispatched to assist with this incendiary-caused fire.

The highest fire danger today will be seen near and west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the low to upper-teens with northwest winds sustained at 10-20 mph with some gusts possible near 30 mph. Winds are expected to begin to diminish today after 1:00 p.m. Any fire starting in or near this area has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

In the remainder of the state fire danger will be very high, with relative humidity readings expected to drop into the 20% range. Northwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 5-10 mph with some gusts near 20 mph. Any fire starting has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be where winds and terrain align.

Very high to extreme fire danger is possible tomorrow, with a forecast for fire weather across the state to be very similar to yesterday’s observed conditions. A Red Flag Warning may be issued later today or early tomorrow morning as more information is received about tomorrow’s actual fire weather conditions.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Humidity recovery overnight was poor across the entire state. Fire starts are possible earlier today due to drier wildland fuels. In addition, any fire that occurred yesterday should be patrolled and any hot spots mopped up to ensure that there are not threats to escape. Especially concentrate efforts on the south and east sides of the fire’s perimeter due to the wind shift that occurred overnight.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not advised today or tomorrow due to the dry, windy conditions that will be present over most of the state.

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire – Many roadside fires are started due to vehicles dragging chains or continuing to drive on a rim after experiencing a flat tire. The metal dragging across the road surface showers hot metal into the roadside grass. Under warm, dry conditions the grassy fuels are very susceptible to ignition from the hot metal spark. Please ensure that any chains on trailers are secured and unable to reach the road surface. If you experience a flat or low tire, please don’t continue driving. Driving on the exposed wheel rim showers sparks.

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