Fire Situation Report - February 20, 2012

Fire Situation Report – February 20, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/17/12 thru 02/20/12

Not available today due to the President’s Day Holiday.

* 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 02/17/12 thru 02/20/12

No wildfires reported during the reporting period.

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today will be west of a line from Grant County to Jefferson County. In this area winds will be extreme, gusting from the west-southwest to near 50 mph. Relative humidity readings will range from the low teens to the upper 20% range.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the following counties in southwest Oklahoma: Harmon, Jackson, Tillman and Cotton. Sustained south winds from 20-35 mph with higher gusts are expected to shift from the west later this afternoon reaching speeds of 25-35 mph sustained with gusts near 50 mph possible. Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the low teens to 20% range with temperatures from 65-69 degrees. Any fire starting in or near this area today will burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Any fire starting in or near the area affected by the Red Flag Warning will exhibit extreme fire behavior and resistance to control. Direct attack at the head of the fire will be impossible under today’s forecast conditions. Use extreme caution today if engaging in suppression actions on wildfires today due to the strong, shifting winds and low relative humidities.

Suppression aircraft will not be able to operate today due to the strong, gusty winds.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not advised today due to today’s forecast for high winds. Any fire started has the potential to easily escape control.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Texas County. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current 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