Fire Situation Report – January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/28/15 thru 01/29/15

NE Area – 9 Fires Burned 496 Acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary, 3-Debris Burn; 2-Esc. Controlled Burn)

EC Area – 6 Fires Burned 316 Acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burn; 1-Esc. Controlled Burn)

SE Area – 9 Fires Burned 84 Acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burn; 1-Equipment)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· Pine Creek Fire (Haskell County), 120 acres, 100% contained
· Lake (Pittsburg County), 130 acres, 100% contained
· Urssary Mt. (Sequoyah County), 150 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 recorded on 01/28/14 thru 01/29/15

3 Fires Burned 42 acres (Causes: 2-Debris Burning, 1-Equipment) Reporting Department(s): Blackwell FD and Tecumseh FD

** - 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:

Numerous wildfires occurred across Oklahoma yesterday. Dry wildland fuels, record high temperatures and strong, gusty winds contributed to suppression difficulty on several fires. One request for State assistance was received yesterday:

1200 Road (Washington County) – One Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter equipped with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched late yesterday afternoon to assist several fire departments with this wind-driven wildfire that burned approximately 415 acres four miles northeast of Dewey. Numerous structures were threatened, but none were reported lost.

Fire danger this afternoon will be moderated by cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity readings compared to the past few days. The highest fire danger will be seen in an area along a line from Comanche County northeast to Washington County. In this area north winds are forecast to be sustained at approximately 20 mph with gust in the upper 20s. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the low 30% range with temperatures only climbing into the mid-50 degree range.

Any fire starting today in unsheltered fuels can be expected to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread, especially where winds and terrain align.

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: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services