Fire Situation Report – February 19, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services



PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/18/16 thru 02/19/16       


NE Area – 16 fires burned 1,314 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary; 5-Esc. Debris Burns; 2-Esc. Prescribed Burns; 2-Other)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 840 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)       

SE Area – 7 fires burned 106 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Esc. Debris Burning; 2-Equipment)


NOTE:  As of 1000 hours on 2/19, over 20 Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters continued suppression work on five large fires that started yesterday.  Currently, ten fires are unstaffed in the East Central Area.  When firefighters are available they will be dispatched to control these fires.           


* 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 recorded on 02/18/16 thru 02/19/16


No fires recorded during the reporting period (NOTE:  Fire Department resource commitment to fires in eastern Oklahoma was very high yesterday which would hamper the ability to report.  Individual FD reporting of yesterday’s fire activity will likely be delayed)



** - 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:  Extreme fire activity was noted in thirty Oklahoma counties yesterday, with the bulk of the activity east of a line from Osage County to Okfuskee County.  Numerous large fires occurred in this area and are on-going at the time of this report.  A short synopsis of those fires where information is available is as follows:


Pawnee Cove (Pawnee County) – 3,320 acres, located approximately five miles east of Terlton.  Several structures destroyed.


Nuyaka (Okmulgee County) - No estimate on acres burned at this time, located ten miles west of Okmulgee.  Numerous structures threatened.


Pharoah (Okfuskee County) – Estimated 4,000 acres burned, located approximately ten miles east of Okemah.  Numerous structures threatened.


Gilmore (LeFlore County) – 300 acres, located approximately six miles east of Poteau.


Suicide Hill (Latimer County) – 540 acres, located approximately five miles west of Bengal.  Numerous structures threatened.


Sand Creek (Okfuskee County) – 4,950 acres, located approximately two miles southeast of Dustin. 


Buffalo (Harper County) – 17,280 acres, located approximately two miles northwest of Buffalo.


The above list is not all inclusive.  Information is still coming in about several other large fires that are still on-going.   Updates to burned acres, locations, etc. will be updated as information is received.


Fire danger today will be very high to extreme northwest of a line from Craig County to Jefferson County.  In this area the relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to low 20% range.  East-northeast winds forecast in the 10-15 mph range with gusts possible from 20-30 mph.  Temperatures are expected to climb into the 70 degree range.  Any fire starting in this area has the potential to burn very intensely with extreme rates of spread.


For Saturday and Sunday the current forecast calls for some moisture return to the state which will keep relative humidity readings higher than seen in the past few days.  Temperatures will remain warm with winds returning to a southerly flow from 10-15 mph with gusts over 20 mph.  Fire danger will be high to very high throughout the weekend across the entire state.


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:  Mark Goeller, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services