Fire Situation Report – January 29, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/28/14 thru 01/29/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 65 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

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

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 Reporting Period 01/28/14 thru 01/29/14

No wildfires 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: Light snowfall moderated yesterday’s fire danger potential and wildfire activity. No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received.

Excluding the Panhandle counties, the highest fire danger today will be generally west of a line from Delaware County to Jefferson County. In and near this area, expect any fire starting to burn very intensely, exhibit erratic fire behavior and rapid rates of spread. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-teens to low 20% range with sustained south-southwest winds at 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph possible. Temperatures are forecast to remain in the mid- to upper 40 degree range.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Due to today’s expected fire weather conditions, direct attack at the head of a wildfire may not be possible. A combination of direct and indirect attack tactics should give the greatest chance of success on any fast moving wildfire today. Be sure to begin suppression efforts from a strong anchor point and move up the flanks of the fire toward the head. Ensure that the fire on the flanks is completely out. Stop the head of the fire using indirect tactics where favorable terrain or natural firebreaks exist. Be sure to wear full Personal Protective Equipment when engaging on any wildfire.

County Wildland Task Forces, especially in western Oklahoma, should be prepared for possible mobilization today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged today due to expected fire weather conditions. Any fire starting today has the potential to spread rapidly and easily escape control.

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