Fire Situation Report – January 23, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/22/15 thru 01/23/15

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 acres

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity
Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity
OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No Activity

* 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 01/22/14 thru 01/23/15

2 Fires burned 100.5 acres (Cause: 2-Debris)

** - 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:
Moderate fire danger expected today for areas in north-central and northeast Oklahoma north of Hwy. 412 and east of I-35. The last round of precipitation crossing Oklahoma missed this area keeping fuels dry and susceptible. Warming temperatures today combined with relative humidity around 35% will keep fire danger present. Generally light west winds will limit rates of fire spread.

The remainder of the state has benefitted from precipitation in the last 24-48 hours which will decrease fire danger over the next few days.

Looking forward to the weekend, unseasonably warm temperatures return along with ample drying days. At this time a gradual return to elevated fire danger is expected as snow melts quickly in western Oklahoma and the benefit from recent rainfall quickly dissipates.

Special Note to Firefighters

Dry fuels above moist soils this time of year add complexity to wildland engine tactics. Fuels are primed for combustion, but access is often limited by the potential for getting an engine stuck. Utilize personnel on foot to scout ahead of engines to insure ability to access the fireline and maintain escape routes to safety zones.

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