Fire Situation Report – February 22, 2012

Fire Situation Report – February 22, 2012 

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/21/12 thru 02/22/12       

NE Area – 2 fires burned 13 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

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 for Time Period 02/21/12 thru 02/22/12


No wildfires reported yesterday.


** - 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:  Fire weather conditions deteriorated yesterday which prompted the issuance of Red Flag Warnings for a number of counties in western Oklahoma.  No requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.


The highest fire danger this afternoon will be north of a rough line from Beckham County to Osage County.   Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the low teens to low-20% range.  West winds are forecast to be sustained from 10-20 mph with gusts from 15-25 mph.  Temperatures are expected to reach in the mid- to upper 70 degree range.


Very dry, windy conditions are expected on Thursday.  Fire danger will be very high to extreme for nearly the entire State.  The expected fire weather may approach Red Flag Warning conditions by mid-afternoon.


SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  A series of high wind events are expected over the next several days.  Little to no rainfall is forecast.  Take time to ensure firefighting equipment is ready for suppression action.  County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization over the next several days.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Pay close attention to the fire weather conditions over the next several days if you are planning any outdoor burning.  The high winds and dry conditions may allow any fire ignited to easily escape control.  Monitor the latest fire weather forecast from the National Weather Service and/or check with your local fire department prior to igniting any outdoor fire to ensure safety and prevent the possibility of starting a wildfire.


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