Fire Situation Report – February 11, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/10/15 thru 02/11/15

NE Area – 5 fires burned 46 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burn; 2-Esc. Controlled Burn)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 735 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Controlled Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

· Cherry (Latimer County), 650 acres, 100% contained

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

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: McGee Creek NSRA – 1,820 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 02/10/15 thru 02/11/15

1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Causes: 1-Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Cordell FD

** - 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 40 and west of Interstate 35. Northerly winds are forecast at 15-25 mph with some gusts to near 35 mph. Fire danger will be lessened by the relative humidity which is expected to drop only into the mid-40% range. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid-50s. A chance of rain is also in the forecast for the area south of Interstate 40. A fire starting in this area today has the potential to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread, especially in exposed, grassy fuels.

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