Fire Situation Report – August 12, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/11/11 thru 08/12/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 2.1 acres (Causes: 1-Lightning; 1-Electrical)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 5 fires burned 20.1 acres (Causes: 4-Lightning; 1-Debris)

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information.  Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ eighteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

Statewide Discussion:   No requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday. Initial attack was light across the state.  Lightning-caused fires continued to be a major cause of fire activity.  Significant rainfall occurred across many areas of the State yesterday which has allowed some temporary green-up of grassy fuels where the moisture has occurred.  Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will aid in fire suppression efforts today and through the weekend.

Fire danger today will be highest south of a rough line from Beckham County to Jefferson County.  In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-25% range with generally south winds sustained from 15-20 mph with higher gusts.  Temperatures are expected to climb to near 100 degrees.

A cold front is forecast to push through Oklahoma this afternoon and evening which will bring with it the potential for thunderstorms.  New fire starts from lightning are possible today and through the weekend.  In advance of the front, southerly winds will be sustained from 15-20 mph with higher gusts.  Relative humidity will range from 30-40% across the majority of Oklahoma.  After the frontal passage, expect winds to shift out of the north-northeast.

Fire danger for the remainder of the weekend will be moderated by higher relative humidity and light north-northeast winds.  If conditions change significantly from forecast values, an updated Fire Situation Report will be distributed.

A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma.  For the most current information on Burn Ban click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information 

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line:  1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by:  Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services