Fire Situation Report – January 24, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/23/14 thru 01/24/14

NE Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Cause: Electrical)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 15 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 38 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 01/23/14 thru 01/24/14

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.

Fire danger will be high to extreme across the entire state today. The highest fire danger this afternoon will exist roughly north of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35. South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. The relative humidity is expected drop into the low teens to low 20% range. Temperature will be a limiting factor again today for fire behavior, with high temperatures this afternoon reaching into the 40 degree range in the area of concern. This evening’s forecast calls for winds to begin diminishing after sunset. Where winds and terrain align, any fire today has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Fire danger will remain high over the weekend due to dry vegetation, low daytime relative humidity, and warm temperatures.

Numerous 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