Fire Situation Report – February 28, 2012

Fire Situation Report – February 28, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/27/12 thru 02/28/12

NE Area – 5 fires burned 74.3 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 3 fires burned 14 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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 02/27/12 thru 02/28/12

1 fire burned 6 acres (Cause: Escaped prescribed burn) Reporting Department: Headrick FD

** - 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 requests for State assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday. The highest fire danger today will be west of a line from Alfalfa County to Jackson County. A High Wind Warning and a Wind Advisory is in effect. A dry line is expected to push into this area, bringing with it low relative humidity, warm temperatures and strong, gusty winds that will combine to allow any fire that starts in and near this area to burn very intensely, spread rapidly and exhibit erratic fire behavior. Outdoor burning in this area is strongly discouraged today.

A Red Flag Warning and High Wind Warning is in effect for Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Oklahoma Panhandle. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range with sustained south-southwest winds from 30-45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph are possible. Temperatures will climb into the 70s. For more information concerning today’s fire weather conditions in the Panhandle, click on the following link to the National Weather Service’s Amarillo Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/

A Red Flag Warning and a Wind Advisory is in effect for Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Harper, Woods, Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham Harmon and Greer. Behind a dry line that will push into this area, relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-15% range with southwest winds gusting+ from 45-55 mph. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 70 degree range. For more information concerning the Red Flag Warning click on the following link to the National Weather Services’ Norman Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: In and near the Warned Area today fire weather conditions are expected which will allow any fire that starts to exhibit strong resistance to control. Direct attack at the head of any wildfire may be impossible under the forecast conditions. The highest probability of success today may be a combination of direct and indirect attack. Be sure to establish a strong anchor point when beginning suppression actions to prevent the fire from outflanking you.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: In and near the Warned Area outdoor burning is strongly discouraged due to the forecast for strong winds and low relative humidity. Any fire started could easily escape control and threaten lives and property.

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