Fire Situation Report – February 25, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/24/12 thru 02/25/12

Protection Area Statistics not available at the time of this report

* 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 02/24/12 thru 02/25/12

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 very high to extreme.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the following counties in the Oklahoma panhandle: Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver. This afternoon relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-15% range with sustained south-southwest winds of 25-40 mph with gusts near 50 mph. For more information about the expected fire weather conditions, click on the following link to the National Weather Service Amarillo Forecast Office website: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from Noon to 7 p.m. for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Harper, Woods, Ellis, Roger Mills, Woodward, Dewey, Custer, Washita, Beckham, Greer, Kiowa, Harmon, Jackson, Comanche, Tillman, and Cotton. In this area relative humidity will drop into the 10-20% range with sustained south-southwest winds from 25-30 mph with gusts near 40 mph. Temperatures will climb into the middle 60s. For more information about the expected fire weather conditions, click on the following link to the National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office website: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

In the remainder of the state, the highest fire danger will be west of a rough line from Osage County to Love County. Expect sustained south-southwest winds from 15-20 mph with gusts above 25 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 15-25% range. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the middle 60s. Any fire starting in this area has the potential to burn very intensely and exhibit rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Today’s expected fire weather conditions in the areas described above 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 today north of the Turner Turnpike and west of State Hwy 99 due to the forecast for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity. The 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:

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