Fire Situation Report – February 6, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/05/15 thru 02/06/15

NE Area – 7 Fires Burned 18.5 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 3-Equipment, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

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 02/05/14 thru 02/06/15

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 Red Flag Warning has been issued for the following counties from Noon through 6:00 PM: Osage, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Pawnee, Tulsa, Rogers, and Creek Counties.

Critical to near critical fire weather conditions will exist in much of Oklahoma today resulting in dry, dormant fuels and potential for rapid rates of fire spread this afternoon. The highest fire danger today will be centered over the counties under the Red Flag Warning where temperatures will be near 70° with southwest winds around 20 mph potentially gusting to 30 mph and afternoon relative humidity values falling to 20%. Dormant grasses typical in this area can be expected to exhibit rapid rates of spread approaching 300 ft./min. at the head of a fire.

The Panhandle, western, central and southern Oklahoma will experience elevated fire danger with rapidly drying dormant fuels prompted by enhanced fire weather conditions this afternoon. Temperatures between 60° - 71° with southwest winds 11-18 mph gusting to around 25 mph and afternoon relative humidity around 35% southern, 30% central to 15% in the Panhandle.

Locally elevated fire danger is expected through the weekend in Oklahoma with above normal temperatures in place.

Special Note to the Public:

Do you understand Fire Weather Watch and Red Flag Warning criteria?

The National Weather Service issues a watch or warning when critical fire weather elements that include temperature, wind speed and relative humidity are forecast to produce low fuel moisture and potential for rapid rates of fire spread. This system of alerting the public and emergency responders is similar to the watch / warning system utilized for conveying information about impending severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and winter weather.

A Fire Weather Watch is issued when critical fire weather is expected within 72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is issued when critical fire weather is imminent.

In Oklahoma, critical fire weather are met during the dormant season (late fall through early spring) when temperature is 65° or higher, wind speed is 20 mph or higher, and relative humidity is expected to be 20% or lower. In the growing season (late spring through early fall), the criteria are 95°↑, 20 mph↑ and 20%↓.

When a watch or warning is issued, please avoid outdoor activities that may spark a wildfire!

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