Fire Situation Report – February 18, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/16/16 thru 02/17/16       

 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 56.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Equipment, 1-Escaped Rx) 

EC Area – 7 Fires Burned 1,638.3 Acres (Cause: 7-Incendiary   )

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 159 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area
    • Rock Pit Fire (Latimer County) – 260 Acres, 50% Contained
    • Dead Mule Fire (Latimer County) – 300 Acres, 50% Contained
    • Gap Fire (Latimer County) – 900 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Gene Allen Corral Fire (Pittsburgh County) – 2,606 Acres, 100% Contained
    • South Fork Fire (Pushmataha County) – 820 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 02/16/16 thru 02/17/16

 

  • No Activity Reported in the Online System – Activity noted in media

     

    ** - 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:  

Red Flag Warning issued from 11:00 AM through 7:00 PM for all of Oklahoma excluding McCurtain County.  The fire weather forecast elements for today will create potential for extreme rate of spread and erratic fire behavior.

 

Panhandle/Northwest Oklahoma: 80°-87°, relative humidity 5-15%, southwest winds 25-30mph gusting to near 40mph.

  • Expect rates of fire spread in excess of 350 ft./min.

  • Wind gusts will promote erratic fire behavior.

  • Anticipate potential for coordination with Kansas and Texas Fire Departments.

    Central/Western Oklahoma: 76°-82°, relative humidity 20-30%, southwest winds 25-30mph gusting in excess of 40mph.

  • Expect rates of fire spread in grass fuels in excess of 350 ft./min.; timber litter 20-50 ft./min, grass/shrub in excess of 100 ft/min.

  • Erratic fire behavior, group torching and crown runs, short to medium range spotting expected.

    Northeast Quarter:  74°-80°, relative humidity around 28%, southwest winds 25-30mph gusting near 40 mph.

  • Expect rates of fire spread in grass fuels in excess of 400 ft./min. in some areas; timber litter 20-50 ft./min, grass/shrub in excess of 100 ft/min.

  • Erratic fire behavior, group torching and crown runs where redcedar present, short to medium range spotting expected.

    Southeast Quarter: 75°, relative humidity 28-35%, south winds 15-20 mph, gusting around 30 mph.

  • Expect rates of fire spread in grass fuels in excess of 250 ft./min.; timber litter 20-50 ft./min (potentially greater with heavy pine component), grass/shrub in excess of 100 ft/min.

     

    Critical fire weather will be present across Oklahoma and in all surrounding states today, with some reprieve expected tomorrow as winds begin to calm somewhat in the early morning hours.  While tomorrow does not pose the threat anticipated today, fire danger will remain high with temperatures in the 70°’s, variable winds, and low relative humidity in the western portion of the state.

     

    Special Note to Firefighters:

  • County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mobilization

  • OFS Task Force Resources Prepositioned

  • OHP and OFS Wildfire Specialists available for Recon/Operations Advice

  • Fixed Wing Aircraft Available

  • OKNG Helicopters Available

     

    **Note: Wind speed today may limit aircraft availability.  Do not base success of a plan on aviation support.

     

    There are no County 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

    **NOTE:  Some municipalities have enacted local outdoor burning bans.  Check with your local authorities prior to conducting outdoor burning activities.

     

 



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