Fire Situation Report – February 8, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/05/16 thru 02/08/16       

 

NE Area –         13 Fires Burned 147 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary, 4-Debris, 1-Equipment, 1-Escapeped Control Burn)

EC Area –         13 Fires Burned 318.5 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 3-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area –         8 Fires Burned 36.6 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 3-Debris)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area                                      
    • Flat Tire Fire (LeFlore County) – 150 acres, 100% Contained

 

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

 

  • OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:                                                              
    • 1 Rx Fire Treating 59 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 02/05/16 thru 02/08/16

 

            2 Fires Burned 24 Acres – Tecumseh and Roosevelt 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:  High to Very High fire danger across Oklahoma today.  Dry fuels, low relative humidity and strong, gusty northwest winds will promote active fire behavior.  Any fire that becomes established will exhibit rapid rates of fire spread.  Relative humidity values 17-20% in both southwest and southeast counties, and 20-30% elsewhere will result in very dry, highly receptive fine fuels this afternoon.  Northwest winds 20-28 mph will be accompanied with gusts to near 40 mph.  Extreme rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels potentially near (or exceeding) 300 ft./min. should be expected.  Temperatures in the 50°’s, somewhat cooler in the northeast counties, will limit spotting potential however long-range spot fires cannot be ruled out.

 

Special Note to Fire Fighters: 

  • County Wildland Task Force resources should prepare for potential mobilization Sunday afternoon.  While critical fire weather conditions may not be fully met (temperature), significant fire activity should be expected.
  • OFS Task Force resources pre-positioned.
  • National Guard helicopters on-duty.

 

This morning may offer opportunity to review the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate covering “Expanding Incidents” in preparation for what may be a very active day.  The Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate Series is accessible at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate .

 

 

Special Note to Public:  Any activity involving outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.  Any fire that starts today will likely spread rapidly.  We ask that you report any smoke to local authorities, and avoid areas where smoke is present to provide access for responding vehicles and equipment.

 

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:  Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF