Fire Situation Report – January 16, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/15/14 thru 01/16/14

NE Area – 3 fires burned 8 acres (Causes: 2-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 30 acres (Causes: 2-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 01/15/14 thru 01/16/14

No fires recorded during the reporting period

** - 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: A Fire Weather Watch remains in effect for much of the western half of Oklahoma through 6:00 PM this evening with potential for upgrade to a Red Flag Warning. Successive drying days combined with low afternoon relative humidity and gusty winds will promote potential for rapid fire growth and possible fire suppression challenges.

Fire danger will be very high across all of Oklahoma today. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20% range with potential for some areas to drop into the upper teens. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid-50’s and low 60’s. Winds are forecast to be northerly 15-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Any fire starting today will burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be where winds and terrain align.

Fire weather for the weekend appears to be moderated with less wind forecast. However, successive drying days combined with seasonally dormant fuels and a dry near-term forecast will keep the wildfire threat present throughout the present forecast period.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today. The dry, windy conditions that will be present over most of the state will allow for any fire that starts to easily escape control.

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: Drew Daily, Staff Forester and Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services