Fire Situation Report – January 15, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/14/14 thru 01/15/14

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

* 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 01/14/14 thru 01/15/14

2 fires burned 10 acres (Causes: Escaped Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Cedar Country

** - 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: Fire conditions yesterday prompted a Red Flag Warning for a large part of western Oklahoma. No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received yesterday.

Fire danger will be high across all of Oklahoma today. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20% range with temperatures forecast to climb into the 50-60 degree range. Winds are forecast to be light, sustained from the west-southwest at 5-10 mph. Any fire starting today will burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be where winds and terrain align.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for tomorrow afternoon for a large part of western Oklahoma. An expansion of the Watch Area and an upgrade to a Red Flag Warning is very likely. Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the 10-20% range. The forecast calls for sustained northwest winds from 20-30 mph with some gusts near and above 40 mph over most of Oklahoma. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 55-65 degree range.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not advised today or tomorrow. The dry, windy conditions that will be present over most of the state will allow for any fire that starts tomorrow to easily escape control. If any outdoor burning is conducted today, make sure it is dead out to prevent tomorrow’s strong winds from blowing live embers into surrounding fuel where it may start a wildfire.

A County Commissioner’s Burn Ban is in effect for the following counties: Stephens and Cotton. 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