Fire Situation Report – February 10, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/09/15 thru 02/10/15

NE Area – 6 fires burned 42 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 2-Debris Burn; 2-Esc. Controlled Burn)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 600 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 78 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burn)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

· 8 mile South #1 (Latimer County), 350 acres, 100% contained
· Cavanal South (LeFlore County), 250 acres, 100% contained

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: Yourman GMA – 820 acres
McGee Creek NSRA – 224 acres

* 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 02/09/15 thru 02/10/15

3 fires burned 9.1 acres (Causes: 1-Debris Burning; 1-Incendiary; 1-Other) Reporting Department(s):Blackwell and Tecumseh FDs

** - 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:

No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.

Fire danger will be highest this afternoon south of the Interstate 44 corridor. The area of greatest concern will be approximately two counties wide on either side of Interstate 35 south of Oklahoma County. In this area the relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-20% range. Southerly winds are forecast at 10-15 mph, gusting to the mid-20 mph range. Expect any fire starting in this area to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be where winds and terrain align.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Most roadside fires are caused by sparks resulting from vehicles with chains or other metal objects dragging on the pavement. If pulling a trailer make sure that the safety chains are well above the pavement. Please do not drive on a flat tire as the tire’s rim creates a shower of sparks that easily ignites the dry vegetation on the road’s right-of-way.   Think: One less spark = one less 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: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services