Fire Situation Report – February 18, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/17/15 thru 02/18/15

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

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 02/17/15 thru 02/18/15

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:
No significant fire control issues are anticipated in Oklahoma today.

Fuels will begin drying today; however moderated temperatures and afternoon relative humidity values combined with generally light winds will limit fire danger this afternoon.

Elevated periods of fire danger during January and the early part of February have decreased with recent precipitation and cooler temperatures providing wildland fire resources across Oklahoma a brief break. Looking ahead, the short term forecast holds optimism for additional precipitation; however persistent drought lingers and the return to fire danger with prevalent dormant fuels present is inevitable.

Presently, a little over 98% of Oklahoma is experiencing some level of drought. Generally, abnormally dry conditions are present in eastern Oklahoma with severe to exceptional drought indices in western Oklahoma and across the Panhandle.

The drought persistence has resulted in a broad swath of single digit 1000-hr.fuel moistures. With larger diameter fuels at this level, fire severity will increase and continue to pose fire suppression challenges. Drought stress will continue to provide ample fuel availability across the size-class categories.

Insure that fire suppression efforts are commensurate with observed and anticipated fire behavior, and that mop-up is thorough.

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