Fire Situation Report – August 26, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 26, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/25/11 thru 08/26/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 7 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 3.5 acres (Causes: 1-Lightning; 1-Incendiary)

* 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 assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.

Fire danger today will be high to very high this afternoon across the entire state. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to 20% range. Temperatures are expected to climb above 100 degrees in many areas with east-southeast winds sustained from 10-15 mph with higher gusts. In areas that have not seen significant rainfall in the past several days, any fire that starts today can burn very intensely and exhibit moderate rates of spread. Rapid rates of spread are possible in any location where terrain and winds align.

Fire danger will continue to increase through the weekend with the next significant fire weather day expected on Sunday. A cold front is expected to move into Oklahoma Sunday evening. In advance of the front, expect winds to shift out of the south and increase to 10-20 mph with gusts near and above 25 mph. Relative humidity is expected to range from the low teens to low 20% range across the state. Rapid rates of spread, erratic fire behavior, and moderate spotting distances can be expected. In addition, as the frontal boundary crosses the state expect a wind shift to occur.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible through the weekend across the state. The threat of new fire starts from lightning strikes will be very high. If a thunderstorm develops near an on-going wildfire, fire control personnel should be prepared for a sudden increase in fire activity or change in fire spread if the fire is influenced by thunderstorm winds or outflow boundaries.

County Wildland Task Forces should prepare for possible mobilization on Sunday.

A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for 61 counties. County Burn Bans are in effect for several counties. For the most current Burn Ban information 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