Fire Situation Report – January 28, 2016



                                     Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services




PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/27/16 thru 01/28/16       


NE Area – 3 fires burned 16 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires         

SE Area – 2 fires burned 10.2 acres (Causes: 1-Debris Burning; 1-Incendiary)


    • 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 Prescribed Fire burned 97 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 01/26/16 thru 01/28/16


3 fires burned 5 acres (Causes:  1-Debris Burning; 1-Children; 1-Undetermined) Reporting Department(s): Tecumseh FD



** - 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:  Fire danger today will be moderate to high across Oklahoma. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 20% to low 30% range with winds forecast to be light from the west-northwest in the 5-10 mph range with gusts from 15-20 mph.  This afternoon expect any exposed fine fuels to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.  Highest rates of spread will be in areas where winds and terrain align.


Tomorrow’s fire danger is currently forecast to be elevated for a short time during the afternoon.  The area of greatest concern will be in an area roughly fifty miles on either side of I-44 corridor from Lawton to Tulsa.  In and near this area the forecast calls for near record high temperatures in the 65 degrees to 78 degrees range.  Southwest winds from 10-25 mph with gusts from 20-30 mph are forecast from Noon to 5 p.m. with relative humidity expected to drop into the teens to low-20% range.  Under this fire weather regime, expect any fire that starts tomorrow afternoon in light, flashy wildland fuels to exhibit very intense fire behavior with rapid rates of spread.


SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization tomorrow.  Short windows of elevated fire danger will exist each afternoon thru Saturday.  Expect any wildfire that starts to burn with zeal during the burning period.  Fortunately, weather conditions will moderate in the late afternoon hours and early evening which will cause fire behavior to rapidly diminish.


SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Outdoor burning today and thru Saturday is discouraged due to the current and expected fire weather forecast.  Wildland fuels will be very dry for the next few days which will allow any wildfire that starts to quickly grow in size and be difficult for the average person to control.  Please put off any outdoor burning until fire weather conditions moderate.


There are no Burn Bans currently in effect in Oklahoma.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:


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:  Mark Goeller, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services