Fire Situation Report – January 28, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/27/15 thru 01/28/15

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 144.3 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 2-Debris)

EC Area – 8 Fires Burned 340 Acres (Cause: 5-Debris, 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 40 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· Treasure Jar (Latimer County), 240 acres, 100% contained

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/26/14 thru 01/27/15

3 Fires Burned 5.5 acres (Cause: 2-Misc., 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:

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1200 hrs.-1800 hrs. in the following counties: Osage, Washington, Nowata, Pawnee, Tulsa, Rogers, Creek, Okfuskee and Okmulgee.

Elevated to critical fire weather and fuel conditions will be present across Oklahoma today.

Northeast Oklahoma (east of I-35 and north of I-40) should expect critical fire weather conditions. Temperatures will be in the upper 70°’s to 80° and afternoon relative humidity values falling into the low 20% range with some areas falling even lower if drier air mixes down resulting in very dry fine fuels. Winds will be southerly from 17- 23 mph gusting to near 30 mph which has potential to produce vary rapid rates of fire spread – potential to approach 280 ft./min. in typical grass dominated fuel models.

Central and southern tier counties in Oklahoma will experience elevated fire danger. Temperatures 74°-80°, southerly winds around 15 mph and relative humidity this afternoon ranging from 22% in the western part of this area to 28% further east has potential to produce active fire behavior in both grass and timber-litter fuels.

The Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma will also experience elevated fire danger. Winds will gradually shift through the day from west to north around 10 mph with potential for gusty periods this afternoon. Temperatures will reach the upper 70°’s with relative humidity falling to the upper teens in some areas.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Dry and dormant fuels combined with unseasonably warm temperatures, stiff winds and low relative humidity can produce rapid rates of fire spread in typical Oklahoma fuels. Utilize safe and effective engine tactics by establishing an anchor point and progressing up the fire flanks while working from the black. Take a few moments to reference the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue that focuses on Engine Tactics. This issue can be found at www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate.

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