Fire Situation Report – February 20, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/19/15 thru 02/20/15

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 3 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris)

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/19/15 thru 02/20/15

No Fire 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:
A brief period of elevated fire danger will be present in far western Oklahoma counties including the Panhandle; however light winds should limit fire growth. No fire control issues are expected for the bulk of Oklahoma. Plentiful sky cover, relative humidity above 65% and gradually increasing chances of precipitation will limit fire danger.

Increasing chances of wintry precipitation through the weekend should further decrease fire occurrence and fire control issues.

Special Note to the Public:

Firewise Friday: Reducing fuel around homes and structures is paramount to improving the odds of your home surviving a wildfire. The work may seem daunting at first, but a methodical and targeted approach provides attainable goals that greatly reduce the wildfire risk to your home. Start with reducing the risk in the immediate area surrounding your home focusing on creating a 30 ft. buffer of risk reduction. Some helpful tips include:

  •  Plants should be carefully spaced, low-growing and free of resins, oils and waxes that burn easily.
  •  Mow the lawn regularly. Prune trees up six to ten feet from the ground.
  • Space conifer trees 30 feet between crowns. Trim back trees that overhang the house.
  • Create a ‘fire-free’ area within five feet of the home, using non-flammable landscaping materials and/or high-moisture-content annuals and perennials. 
  • Remove dead vegetation from under deck and within 10 feet of house.
  • Consider fire-resistant material for patio furniture, swing sets, etc.
  • Remove firewood stacks and propane tanks; they should not be located in this zone. 
  • Water plants, trees and mulch regularly. 
  • Consider xeriscaping if you are affected by water-use restrictions.

For more information on reducing wildfire risk around your home, please visit: www.forestry.ok.gov/firewise

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