Fire Situation Report – February 22, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/19/16 thru 02/22/16       

 

NE Area – 32 Fires Burned 4,395.2 Acres (Cause: 22-Incendiary, 6-Debris, 1-Equipment, 1-Escaped Burn, 1-Other)  

EC Area – 12 Fires Burned 19,090.5 Acres (Cause: 12-Incendiary, 1-Breakover)

SE Area – 11 Fires Burned 190 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 2-Debris, 2-Equipment)

 

  • Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area
    • Round Prairie Fire (Pushmataha County) – 1,520 Acres, 80% Contained
    • Dog House Fire (Latimer County) – 5,994-Acres, 80% Contained
    • Mason Fire (Pittsburgh County) – 1,500 Acres, 90% Contained
    • Miner Fire (Deleware County) – 400 Acres, 75% Contained
    • Monster Fire (Deleware County) – 500 Acres, 75% Contained
    • Devils Backbone Fire (Mayes County) – 900 Acres, 75% Contained
    • Colcord Junction Fire (Deleware County) – 600 Acres, 75% Contained
    • Shoe Mountain Fire (Pittsburgh County) – 4,000 Acres, 75% Contained
    • Green Cabin Fire (Latimer County) – 5,000 Acres, 75% Contained
    • Gilmore Fire (LeFlore County) – 300 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Suicide Hill Fire (Latimer County) – 540 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Pear Grove Fire (Latimer County) – 160 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Rock Pit Fire (Latimer County) – 260 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Dead Mule Fire (Latimer County) – 300 Acres, 100% Contained

 

           

  • Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 
    • Pharoah/Nuyaka Fire (Okmulgee and Okfuskee Counties), 21,840 acres, 60% Contained
    • Pawnee Cove Fire (Pawnee County) – 3,500 Acres, 95% Contained
    • Buffalo Fire (Harper County) – 17,280 Acres, 100% Contained
    • Sand Creek Fire (Okfuskee County) – 5,238, 100% 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 02/16/16 thru 02/17/16

 

  • 9 Fires Burned 2,068.5 Acres – Jay, Cyril and Guymon FD’s Reporting

    • Numerous other fires were noted in media outlets.

       

      ** - 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:  The highest fire danger today will reside in north-central Oklahoma generally north of I-40.  Lighter winds, somewhat cooler temperatures while still above normal, and nothing dramatic in relative humidity values will serve to moderate fire danger and fire behavior today.  Nonetheless, fire danger persists.

 

In north-central Oklahoma north of I-40, west of Hwy. 69 and east of Hwy 81 should expect temperature near 60°, with relative humidity right around 30% during the peak of the burning period this afternoon.  Rate of fire spread will be moderated by east / northeast winds 5-12 mph.  Precipitation chances begin to build in from the south this evening with greater probability through the night and into tomorrow.

 

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