Fire Situation Report – February 29, 2012

Fire Situation Report – February 29, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/28/12 thru 02/29/12

NE Area – 5 fires burned 33.4 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-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 for Time Period 02/28/12 thru 02/29/12

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: One request for State assistance was received yesterday:

Snag Field (Osage County) – Reported on 02/27/12 as “Prue.” Forestry Services dispatched a Type 3 Incident Commander and firefighters equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines to contain this wildfire that started on 02/26/12. Three Type 6 Engines with ten firefighters from the Osage Nation/Bureau of Indian Affairs, eleven fire department engines with 27 firefighters and one private dozer were committed to the suppression of this fire. Forestry Services declared this fire controlled at 8:00 p.m. yesterday evening. This incendiary-caused wildfire burned 1,700 acres ten miles northwest of Tulsa.

The highest fire danger this afternoon will be north of a line from Kay County to Adair County. In and near this area west winds from sustained from 15-20 mph with higher gusts are expected. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid- to upper 60 degree range.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from Noon to 6 p.m. for the following counties in northeast Oklahoma: Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-15% range with west winds sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts from 25-30 mph. Temperatures will climb into the mid- to upper 60 degree range. For more information concerning the Red Flag Warning, click on the following link to the National Weather Service’s Tulsa Forecast Office:

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Thursday for large portion of Oklahoma, primarily north of a line from Delaware County to Cotton County. In and near this area on Thursday the relative humidity is expected to range from the upper single digits to 20%. Southwest winds are expected to increase to 15-30 mph with gusts above 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 70-80 degree range. Red Flag Warnings may be issued late today or early tomorrow as more data is received concerning tomorrow’s fire weather forecast.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Poor humidity recovery occurred overnight statewide. Rainfall from yesterday evening’s thunderstorms will have little influence on cured wildland fuels today due to the dry, windy conditions that followed the dry line’s push across the state. The impact for today will be that any fire starting last night has the potential to have burned all night or fires could start easily this morning. Firefighting personnel should be prepared for a potentially active day fighting wildfires today and tomorrow.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: In and near the Warned Area today or tomorrow in the area impacted by the Fire Weather Watch, 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 Cimarron and 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