Fire Situation Report – February 4, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/03/15 thru 02/04/15

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 31.3 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Burn)

EC Area – 1 Fires Burned 3 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 Fires Burned 9 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

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 02/03/14 thru 02/04/15

No Activity Reported

** - 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 cold front will move across Oklahoma today from the Panhandle this morning to southeastern counties this evening. Light westerly winds will shift to the north with increasing velocity as the front passes. Winds behind the front will be 24-30 mph with significant gusts at 35+ mph.

Dropping temperatures, elevated relative humidity and increasing sky cover will moderate fine fuel moisture; however two consecutive days of drying and ample dormant, fine fuels will support rapid rates of fire spread should a fire occur.

Special Note to Firefighters:

The arrival of a cold front in the state today will cause erratic and shifting winds as it approaches. Keep current on the location of the cold front throughout the day. While fighting fire today be aware of the possible impacts of the shifting winds on fire behavior and changing direction of spread.

Passage of a cold front prompts a clockwise shift in wind direction that generally includes an increase in wind velocity. The effect on the fire ground results in both increased rates of spread and a shift in head fire direction. The southeast flank of the fire has potential to turn into the head fire.

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