Fire Situation Report – February 2, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

 

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

 

NE Area –         3 Fires Burned 13 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area –         1 Fire Burned 1500 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area –         1 Fire Burned 1 Acre (Cause: 1-Equipment)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area  
    • West Cavanaugh Fire (LeFlore County) – 1500 Acres, 75% Contained                          

 

  • 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 02/01/16 thru 02/02/16

 

            1 Fire Burned 5 Acres – Guymon 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:  A Red Flag Warning has been issued for seven counties in southeast Oklahoma effective today from Noon through 6:00 PM.  Counties in the warned area include Pushmataha, Choctaw, Sequoyah, Pittsburg, Haskell, Latimer and LeFlore Counties.  This area received no precipitation overnight and winds around 20 mph gusting to near 35 mph combined with relative humidity values 15%-20% and temperatures in the mid- to upper 60°’s will result in very dry fuels with potential for rapid rates of fire spread.

 

Approximately three-quarters of the state received precipitation from a fast moving system overnight; however strong gusty winds will dry fuels into the afternoon hours across much of the state.  High to Very High fire danger will exist south and east of a line from Sequoyah County to Jefferson County (including the Red Flag warned area).  In this area, relative humidity values ranging from 15%-30% will result in very dry fine fuels.  Temperatures will range from 60° just outside of the warned area to 67°.  Winds will be a significant contributor to fire behavior today sustained 15-25 mph out of the southwest gusting to near 35 mph in some areas this afternoon.  As sunset approaches, expect winds to gradually shift from southwest to northwest although diminish in intensity.

 

Elsewhere, winds will be significant this afternoon.  West-southwest flow this morning will be replaced with north-northwest winds sustained at 25-30 mph gusting 35-40 mph in some areas.  In areas where less than 0.25 in. of precipitation was received last night expect rapidly drying fuels and limited fire danger this afternoon.

 



 

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