Fire Situation Report – February 19, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/18/15 thru 02/19/15

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 12 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

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 02/18/15 thru 02/19/15

1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Misc.) – Tecumseh 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:
The highest fire danger today will be in the Panhandle where above normal temperatures around 66°, afternoon relative humidity falling to 15-21% and winds shifting from southerly to northwest at 10 mph gusting 16-20 mph will dry fuels and potentially promote fast growing fires.

Moderated fire danger will be present in southwestern Oklahoma edging into south-central portions of the state this afternoon. Temperatures will quickly warm from the mid-20°’s to the mid-50°’s. Dew point values in the upper 20°’s this afternoon will translate into relative humidity values settling into the low 30% range this afternoon. Winds will be south around 15 mph gusting to 20 mph. Locally rapid fire growth is possible where fine fuels and slope aligned with winds present opportunity.

Cooler temperatures and elevated relative humidity is expected to limit fire potential in the eastern third of Oklahoma today.

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