Fire Situation Report – February 1, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/29/16 thru 02/01/16       

 

NE Area –  24 fires burned 643 acres (Causes: 11-Incendiary, Escaped Debris-3, Escaped Burn-1, Electrical-1)

EC Area –  17 fires burned 1,355 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Burn)

SE Area –  11 fires burned  516.4 acres (Causes: 6-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Debris Burning)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:                
    • Hilltop Fire (Cherokee County) – 150 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Swarengen Fire (Sequoyah County) – 5 Acres, 100% Contained, 2 Structures Lost
    • Jenkins Creek Fire (Adair County) – 110 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Iron Stob Fire (Latimer County) – 125 Acres, 100% Contained
    • North Gaines Fire (Latimer County) – 500 acres, 100% Contained
    • Eyebrow Fire (Haskell County) – 200 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Wild Bill Fire (LeFlore County) – 400 acres, 100% Contained   
    • Box Springs Fire (Pushmataha County) – 275 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Dry Creek Fire (Pushmataha County) – 160 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Turkey Hill Fire (Pottawatomie County) – 1,137 Acres, 100% Contained)
    • Oak Grove Fire (Creek County) – 437 Acres, 100% Contained   
  • Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:  No Activity
  • OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
    • 3 Prescribed Fires Treating 653 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 01/29/16 thru 02/01/16

 

4 fires burned 1,111 acres Reporting Department(s): Tecumseh FD, Newcastle FD

  • Additional Activity noted in media reports

     

     

    ** - 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 a small area of southwest Oklahoma, south of a line from Cotton County to Beckham County.  In this area the relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to low 20% range.  South-southeast winds forecast in the 15-20 mph range with gusts possible from 25-35 mph.  Temperatures are expected to climb into the 65-70 degree range.  Any fire starting in this area has the potential to burn very intensely with extreme rates of spread.

 

Fire danger in the remainder of Oklahoma will remain high due to strong, gusty south-southeasterly winds gusting at times up to 15-25 mph.  The relative humidity is expected to drop into the low 40%-45% range.  Fire intensity and rates of spread will be diminished slightly from the past few days due to slightly higher fine fuel moistures. 

 

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

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information


  
 

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/ Drew Daily, Fire Staff, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services