Fire Situation Report – February 24, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/22/12 thru 02/24/12       

NE Area – 5 fires burned 93 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 1-Smoking)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 43 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 8 fires burned 20 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

* 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 02/23/12 thru 02/24/12


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:  No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received yesterday. 


Fire danger this afternoon will be high to very high across the entire state.  Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the mid-teens to mid-20% range with north-northwest winds from 10-15 mph.  The highest wind gusts from 15-25 mph will be seen in the northern 2/3rds of the state.  Temperatures are forecast to range from the near 50 degrees in the Panhandle to the upper 60s in southeast Oklahoma.  Any fire starting this afternoon has the potential to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.


Fire danger will be very high to extreme on Saturday as winds are expected to sustained from the southwest at 20-40 mph with gusts from 30-35 in the majority of the state.  In northwest Oklahoma some gusts near 50 mph are possible.  Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the upper single digits to the upper teens.  Extra caution with any type of ignition source is urged on Saturday as any fire that starts will spread rapidly and exhibit strong resistance to control.


SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  Saturday’s expected fire weather conditions will allow any fire that starts in continuous fine dead fuels to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.  Direct attack at the head of the fire may be impossible.  The highest probability of success may be achieved utilizing a combination of direct attack on the rear and flanks of the fire with indirect tactics at the head.  Be sure to establish a strong anchor point when beginning any suppression action to prevent the fire from outflanking you.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Outdoor burning is not advised on Saturday due to the forecast for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity.  Saturday’s expected fire weather conditions would possibly allow any fire started 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