Fire Situation Report – February 10, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/09/16 thru 02/10/16       

 

NE Area –         6 Fires Burned 136.5 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary)

EC Area –         6 Fires Burned 196.5 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Welding, 1-Breakover)

SE Area –         6 Fires Burned 144 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Equipment)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area                           No Activity      

 

  • Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:
    • 102 Complex (Pottawatomie County) – 172.3 Acres, 80% Contained

 

  • 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 02/0916 thru 02/10/16

 

  • 1 Fire Burned 173 Acres – Tecumseh 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 32 counties in Oklahoma spanning the entire southwest quadrant of the state from Payne County south to Carter County and Payne County west to Roger Mills County including all counties in the area.  Warning is effective from 11:00 AM through 7:00 PM.  Within the warned area west to southwest winds 15-25 mph gusting to 30 mph will support very rapid rates of fire spread.  Relative humidity values 15-25% will promote very dry fuels reinforced by marginal moisture recovery overnight.  Temperature within the watch area will range from 65°-80°.  Rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels may approach 400 ft./min. in areas where winds and topography align, and moderate range spotting should be anticipated in mixed timber/grass.

 

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Osage, Washington, Pawnee, Tulsa, Creek, Okfuskee and Okmulgee Counties for today. Active fire behavior should be anticipated on any fire that becomes established with temperatures oin the mid-60°’s, relative humidity around 25% and southwest winds 15-25 mph gusting to near 30 mph.  Critical fire weather criteria may be met in the burning period.

 

Fire danger outside of the Watch/Warning areas should not be discounted.  Temperatures 60°-65° and relative humidity 25-30% combined with southwest winds 10-16 mph with gusts to 20 mph will create active fire conditions with dry fuels in place.

 

Special Note to Firefighters: 

  • County Wildland Task Force Resource should be prepared for mobilization.
  • OFS Task Force and Overhead Available and prepositioned in Central Oklahoma.
  • OKNG helicopters available.
  • Aerial recon with OHP Available.

 

Special Note to the Public:

Do you understand Fire Weather Watch and Red Flag Warning criteria?

 

The National Weather Service issues a watch or warning when critical fire weather elements that include temperature, wind speed and relative humidity are forecast to produce low fuel moisture and potential for rapid rates of fire spread.  This system of alerting the public and emergency responders is similar to the watch / warning system utilized for conveying information about impending severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and winter weather.

 

A Fire Weather Watch is issued when critical fire weather is expected within 72 hours.  A Red Flag Warning is issued when critical fire weather is imminent.  In Oklahoma, critical fire weather are met during the dormant season (late fall through early spring) when temperature is 65° or higher, wind speed is 20 mph or higher, and relative humidity is expected to be 20% or lower. In the growing season (late spring through early fall), the criteria are 95°↑, 20 mph↑ and 20%↓.

 

When a watch or warning is issued, please avoid outdoor activities that may spark a wildfire!

 

 

 

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