Fire Situation Report – February 3, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/02/15 thru 02/03/15

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 420 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· East Lost (Atoka County), 400 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 02/02/14 thru 02/03/15

5 Fires Burned 755.5 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Misc.)

** - 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:
Warmer temperatures and gusty winds this afternoon will prompt an increase in fire danger this afternoon in areas north of I-44 this afternoon; however moderate relative humidity values and recent precipitation should keep fine fuel moistures from approaching critical levels.

In areas north of I-44, temperatures 53-58° and south winds at 14-18 mph gusting to near 20 mph will promote drying of fuels and potential for moderate to high rates of fire spread in fine fuels. Afternoon relative humidity values ranging from 34-40% should serve to moderate overall fire danger.

Panhandle – Afternoon temperatures in the upper 60°’s with relative humidity values falling into the mid-20% range will prompt drying of fine fuels; however light west winds shifting to the north this afternoon around 9 mph will limit rates of fire spread.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Sizing up a fire upon arrival is critical to establishing safe, effective and efficient fireline operations. The fire environment is dynamic and sometimes complex forcing quick decisions based on sound training and experience. The basis for making accurate and timely decisions on the fire ground is rooted in a good “sizeup”. Ask yourself the following questions to assess the fire environment:

· What is the size of the fire, and what is it burning in?

· Is adverse topography or access present?

· Are weather factors posing any challenges?

· Are there structures and improvements to be protected?

· Are there hazards present such as utilities, fences, terrain?

· Are there opportunities already in place to halt fire spread?

Taking a moment to answer these questions forms the basis to make a good assessment and begin the process of turning the firefight from reactive efforts toward proactive strategy and tactics. Answers to those questions also start the process of determining the following:

· Anchor point from which to begin firefighting efforts.

· Escape routes and safety zones for personnel and equipment.

· Incident objectives.· Additional resource needs.

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