Fire Situation Report – February 3, 2016

 

                                     Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/02/16 thru 02/03/16       

 

NE Area –         2 Fires Burned 47 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area –         8 Fires Burned 437 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 3-Debris)

SE Area –         18 Fires Burned 161.8 Acres (Cause: 17-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area  
    • Ripline Fire (Haskell County) – 102 Acres, 100% Contained     
    • Norris Fire (Latimer Fire) – 240 Acres, 100% 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 02/02/16 thru 02/03/16

 

            3 Fires Burned 8 Acres – Pernell and Tecumseh FD’s 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:  Moderate to Very High fire danger will continue across Oklahoma today.  The highest fire danger today will be in the southern tier of counties south of a line from LeFlore County to Beckham County.  Stiff northwest winds this morning are forecast to diminish into the afternoon and settle during the peak of the burning period to northwest 8-15 mph with gusts to 17 mph.  Temperature in this area will range 42°-48° with relative humidity values around 35%.  Any fire that becomes established will have potential to exhibit a rapid rate of spread especially if occurring early in the burning period.

 

Although cooler temperature and higher relative humidity will be present today, expect fires that occur in fine, grassy fuels to have the potential to quickly spread. 

 

Special Note to Firefighters: Many areas that received rain fall Monday night have dried down again with regard to wildland fuels.  Grass and timber litter will readily combust; however soil moisture remains high.  Prior to committing engines and equipment to off-road fire line operations, scout the area to insure that the ground is solid enough to support the equipment.  And, attack from the black to avoid getting an engine stuck in unburned fuels.

 



 

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