Fire Situation Report – January 27, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/26/16 thru 01/27/16       

 

NE Area –         2 Fires Burned 4 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area –         No Activity

SE Area –         No Activity

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area                                       No Activity

 

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

 

  • OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:                                                              
    • 1 Rx Fire Treating 305 Acres (LeFlore County) 

 

* 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 01/26/16 thru 01/27/16

 

            The Fire Reporting website is experiencing technical issues this morning.

Fire activity was noted in local media coverage.

 

** - 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:

Increasing fire danger today through the weekend is expected as warmer temperatures develop and a somewhat dry air mass settles over Oklahoma drying fine, dormant fuels.
Fire danger will gradually increase statewide into the afternoon today with moderate to high fire danger indices present.  Recent fire behavior observations confirm that unsheltered fine fuels including grass and grass dominated areas are burning vigorously during the afternoon hours.  Sheltered fuels including timber-litter are generally yielding minimal to moderate fire behavior.
Today, Relative humidity values 30%-38% (22%-28% in the Panhandle) combined with temperatures 52°-60° and west –t southwest winds around 10 mph.  Moderate rates of fire spread should be expected in unsheltered fine fuels.
 

Special Note to Firefighters:

Dry and dormant fuels combined with unseasonably warm temperatures, stiff winds and low relative humidity can produce rapid rates of fire spread in typical Oklahoma fuels.  Utilize safe and effective engine tactics by establishing an anchor point and progressing up the fire flanks while working from the black.  Take a few moments to reference the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate issue that focuses on Engine Tactics.  This issue can be found at www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate.

 



 

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 Forestry Services - ODAFF