Fire Situation Report – February 5, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/04/15 thru 02/05/15

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 59.5 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Burn, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 0.5 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 02/04/14 thru 02/05/15

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 that moved across Oklahoma yesterday provided little moisture, and gradually warming and increasingly windier conditions will elevate fire danger as we approach the weekend.

Temperatures 37°-44°, south winds around 10 mph, and afternoon relative humidity values 35-45% will produce moderated fire danger through much of Oklahoma today. Somewhat warmer temperatures and slightly lower afternoon relative humidity will settle into the Panhandle this afternoon, however light southwest winds should minimize fire control issues.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Standard Firefighting Order #1: Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.

Assessing current fire weather and grasping what may lie ahead in the forecast is key to being prepared for response when a wildfire is reported. Fuels, weather and topography are the factors that determine fire behavior, and weather is the most dynamic of the three affecting fuel moisture and rate of spread. Applying the knowledge of current fire weather and the forecast during size-up contributes to developing sound strategy and tactics; especially when that knowledge is supported with local knowledge.

Some of the elements in a forecast to watch for are:

· Fire Weather Watch / Red Flag Warning criteria.

· Approaching cold fronts and associated increasing wind velocity and changing direction.

· Warming and drying trends.

· Hazardous weather conditions.

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