Fire Situation Report – February 13, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/12/15 thru 02/13/15

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 852 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 627 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· Wilburton Knob (Latimer County), 852 acres, 100% Contained
· Cat Creek (Atoka County), 300 acres, 90% Contained
· South Meadow (Pushmataha County), 320 acres, 65% Contained

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

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
· Mickle (Pushmataha County), 125 acres
· Madden (Haskell County), 220 acres
· Nichols Park (Okmulgee County), 100 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 02/12/15 thru 02/13/15

1 Fires Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Misc.) – Skiatook FD Reporting

** - 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:
Fuels will be readily available for combustion early in the burning period today due to lagging relative humidity recovery in the overnight hours; however generally light winds should offer opportunity for successful fire suppression efforts.

Moderate to locally elevated fire danger will be present in Oklahoma today. Relative humidity values across the state will fall to the mid-30% range in eastern Oklahoma, mid to upper 20% range in central and western portions of the state and around 20% in the Panhandle. Given the lagging moisture recovery last night, fuels will be receptive early in the burning period and continue to dry through the afternoon. High temperatures will range from 52 (east) to 67 (west). The limiting factor today on fire behavior will be the winds. A system moving across the state today will gradually shift winds clockwise from south to north as the day progresses with moderated wind speeds generally consistent around 10 mph.

The weekend appears to hold potential for a mixed bag. Warm and dry conditions will keep fire danger in place on Saturday with the highest fire danger residing in the northern tier of counties where winds are forecast to be NNE around 15 mph with gusts to near 25 mph. Fire danger is expected to diminish on Sunday as precipitation chances enter the forecast.

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