Fire Situation Report – January 3, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 01/02/14 thru 01/03/14

Protection Area Statistics unavailable at the time of this report

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 01/02/14 thru 01/03/14

Fire Department Statistics unavailable at the time of this report

** - 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 during the reporting period.

Fire danger will be high to very high across Oklahoma on Friday. Temperatures are forecast to range from the 60s in the Panhandle to the upper 40s in eastern Oklahoma. Relative humidity is expected to range from the low teens in Cimarron County to the low-thirty percent range elsewhere in the State. Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 15-25 mph across much of the state with gusts to near 35 mph in western Oklahoma. Any fire that starts under the forecast conditions can be expected to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior. Highest spread rates and longest flame lengths will be experienced in unshaded, fine fuels.

Fire danger over the weekend will be moderated by much cooler temperatures and high daytime relative humidity readings. Fire control problems are not anticipated on Saturday and Sunday.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged today due to the strong, gusty winds and dry wildland fuels. Under the forecast fire weather conditions, any fire started can quickly escape control. Please take proper precautions today with any possible ignition source while outdoors to prevent starting a wildfire.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

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