Fire Situation Report – January 22, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/21/14 thru 01/22/14

NE Area – 3 fires burned 55 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Other)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 1.5 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 9 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 01/21/14 thru 01/22/14

No wildfires 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 high to very high fire danger will be present today roughly south of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35. South of I-40 and west of I-35 northeast winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts near 25 mph. Relative humidity in this area is expected to drop into the low to mid-30% range. East of I-35, north-northeast winds are forecast to be lighter (5-10 mph with gusts near 15 mph), but relative humidity values are expected to be in the low 20% range. Temperatures are forecast to range from the mid-40s to low 50s across the entire area. Any fire starting today has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be where winds and terrain align.

Nearly a dozen 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