Fire Situation Report – February 27, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/26/16 thru 02/27/16       

 

NE Area –        

EC Area –         Statistics Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area –        

 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area                                       No New Activity

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:  No New 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 02/26/16 thru 02/27/16

 

    • No New Activity Reported – Wildfire Activity was 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:  A Red Flag Warning has been issued for 21 counties in Oklahoma from Noon until 7:00 PM for the following counties: Osage, Washington, Pawnee, Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Garfield, Noble, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Beckham, Harmon, Greer, Texas and Beaver.  Fire weather that is anticipated today will result in very dry fuels and the potential for very rapid to extreme rates of fire spread.  Relative humidity will range from near 20% in the eastern portion of the warned area down to 10% in the western counties with fine fuel moisture as low as 3%.  Temperature will range from 70°-80° under clear skies.  Southwest winds around 15-30 mph sustained will be accompanied by near 40 mph in some area. Short to medium range (up to an 0.25 miles) spotting should be anticipated with the prevalent fuel types, very dry fine fuels and probability of ignition nearing 90% this afternoon,

 

Fire danger will also return to many of the areas on the periphery of last week’s rain, especially where rain amounts totaled less than 0.50 in.  Unseasonably warm temperatures around 71°, relative humidity less than 30% and southwest winds 15-20 mph and some gusts near 25 mph will rapidly dry fuels and result in some problematic fire potential.

 

Sunday: A cold front and associated clockwise wind shift from southwest to northwest is anticipated.   Fire weather will generally be 71°-77°, with relative humidity values less than 30% in all but southeast Oklahoma. The shiofting winds are expected to be 16-21 mph..  Gusts associated with frontal passage may reach 35 mph.

 

At this time, fire weather has potential to last into Wednesday for a significant portion of the state.  Some hit-or-miss storm chances are presently forecast for Tuesday.  A dynamic fire weather forecast, which merits frequent checks.  Standard Firefighting Order #1: Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.

 

Special Note to Firefighters:

  • County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mobilization.
  • OFS will have Task Force and Overhead Personnel Resources prepositioned for response.
  • OFS will have fixed wing air-attack and tanker resources available.
  • OHP and OFS personnel will have aerial recon resources available.
  • National Guard rotor-wing aircraft will be available.

 

Contact the Incident Resource Hotline at (800) 800-2481 to request resources.

 

Harper County has issued a county burn ban.  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