Fire Situation Report – February 21, 2012

Fire Situation Report – February 21, 2012 

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/20/12 thru 02/21/12       

NE Area – 5 fires burned 12.2 acres (Causes: 5-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 02/20/12 thru 02/21/12

 

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:   Initial attack was moderate in western Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday due to the dry, windy conditions.  No requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.

 

The highest fire danger this afternoon will be south of a rough line from Ellis County to Adair County.   Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the upper teens to mid-20% range.  South to southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 10-20 mph with gusts near 20-30 mph.  The highest gusts near and above 30 mph will be in central Oklahoma.  Temperatures are expected to reach in the mid- to upper 60 degree range.

 

Despite the rainfall received over the last few days, today’s dry and breezy conditions will allow fine fuels to quickly dry out and be available to burn by this afternoon.  Any fire that starts this afternoon in continuous, dry fuels will have the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

 

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:

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