Fire Situation Report – January 19, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/12/14 thru 01/19/14

NE Area – 10 Fires Burned 827 acres (Cause: Debris-2, Incendiary-8)

EC Area – 14 Fires Burned 654 acres (Cause: Debris-5, Incendiary-5, Escaped Burn-2)

SE Area – 24 Fires Burned 213.5 acres (Cause: Debris-8, Incendiary-16)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· Leflore (Leflore County), 120 acres, 100% Contained
· Pine (Leflore County), 120 acres, 100% Contained
· Little Beaver (Pittsburg County), 120 acres, 100% Contained
· Cabin Creek (Pushmataha County), 750 acres, 100% Contained
· Rocky Top (Cherokee County), 650 acres, 100% Contained

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:
· Hiawassee (Logan County), 1300 acres, 90% Contained
· I-35 Shutdown (Logan County), 805 acres, 100% Contained
· Blue Creek, 920 acres, 100% Contained
· Ram Mountain, 400 acres, 100% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 2 Prescribed Fires Treating 135 acres

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

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 01/18/14 thru 01/19/14

2 Fires Burned 4 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Burn, 1-Incendiary)

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded 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:

Fire danger will remain in place today with dry and dormant fuels across Oklahoma; however winds are expected to be lighter.

Central and western Oklahoma will again experience very dry and susceptible fuels as afternoon relative humidity values decrease to 16-24%. Winds in this area will range from light and variable to NNW at 10 mph with limited gusting, and temperatures will again reach the mid- to upper 60°’s.

Eastern Oklahoma will have somewhat improved relative humidity this afternoon in the mid-30% range, however dry fuels will still be susceptible to combustion. Temperature will be in the mid- to upper 60°’s with westerly winds at 2-8 mph.

Special Note to Firefighters:
Increased activity yesterday afternoon prompted a substantial use of mutual aid agreements. We encourage you to take a few moments and conduct an After Action Review that addresses tactics, incident command structure and communications. During the course of the review, identify the successes and efficiencies to be repeated as well as the areas requiring improvement.

Remember… ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires! Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services