Fire Situation Report – January 26, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/23/15 thru 01/26/15

NE Area – 8 Fires Burned 102.2 Acres (Cause: 8-Incendiary, 2-Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 3.1 Acres (Cause: 2-Debris)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 27 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:
· Fallis (Lincoln County), 280.6 acres, 85% contained, Cause-Escaped Debris Burn

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 01/23/14 thru 01/26/15

Not Available At Time of Report

** - 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:
Warm temperatures and dry fuels will keep fire danger in place today across Oklahoma. The highest fire danger today will reside in north of I-44 and west of Hwy. 177. Fire weather conditions within this area will be 68°-70°, afternoon relative humidity between 23-30% with winds northwest 11-15 mph gusting to near 20 mph. Fine fuels will burn rapidly with grass dominated sites approaching rates of spread near 200 ft/min.

The remainder of the state should expect temperatures near 70° with afternoon relative humidity values around 30% and northwest to southwest winds around 10 mph.

Looking ahead, fire danger is expected to gradually increase through Wednesday as drying conditions persist. There is potential for a late week system that may provide some precipitation.

Special Note to Firefighters: Relatively light fire activity for much of the summer and leading into fall offers opportunity for complacency to set in. As the growing season wanes and grass fuels enter dormancy, both fire occurrence and severity tend to increase. The time to begin “knocking the rust off” is now before fire activity increases with a review of some firefighting basics.

· L – Establish lookouts whenever possible to observe fire behavior and potential hazards to personnel committed to suppression efforts.

· C – Establish common communications or strategically assign personnel in an effort to insure reliable incident communications. Do not simply rely on radio communications and be sure that both visual and verbal communications can be maintained.

· E – Establish escape routes for personnel and equipment and make them known. Mark the route with flagging or common landmarks. Escape routes should accommodate a quick retreat of all resources from the fireline

.· S – Establish a safety zone that is large enough to accommodate all personnel and equipment in the event that fire behavior or fire environment safety hazards mandate disengaging fire suppression activities.

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