Fire Situation Report – February 15, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/14/17 thru 02/15/17 

NE Area – 1 Fires Burned 1,500 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – No New Activity

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Spike Road Fire (Cherokee County) – 1500 Acres (est.), 50% Contained
  • North Gaines Creek Fire (Latimer County) – 400 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Crawfish Fire (McCurtain County) – 250 Acres, 100% Contained
  • HWY 63 Fire (Latimer County) – 143 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Crow Foot Fire (Latimer County) – 415 Acres, 100% Contained

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • OKC Complex (2 Fires) – 877 Acres, 100% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New 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 02/14/17 thru 02/15/17

No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: Precipitation persisted through the day yesterday delivering wetting rains across Oklahoma including winter precipitation in parts of western Oklahoma. No significant fire danger today.

Drying days into the weekend, ahead of the next chance of precipitation, will gradually increase fine-fuel availability. Limited initial attack is expected with good probability of success given the mid-fire season boost in fuel moisture.

Special Note to Firefighters: Grass dominated fuels will rapidly dry into the weekend and wildfires will likely occur in some areas. Recent precipitation has resulted in soft ground, especially in low areas, that may make off-road access challenging. Fire fighters are encouraged to scout areas on foot prior to committing engines, and attack from the black so that if an engine does become stuck the threat of burnover is reduced.

Governor’s Burn Ban Issued for 53 Counties: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information