Fire Situation Report – January 17, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 17, 2012   

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/13/12 thru 01/17/12       

 NE Area – 4 fires burned 113 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Prescribed Burn; 1-Esc. Debris Burn)

EC Area – 4 fires burned 22 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 7 acres (Causes: 1-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 for Time Period 01/13/12 thru 01/17/12

No wildfires reported

** - 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:  Initial attack remained light over the weekend despite the windy weather.  Dry, windy weather continues behind a strong cold front which crossed the state overnight.  Behind the front winds are forecast to be sustained from the north at 10-20 mph with gusts above 20 mph.  Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the 25%-40% range.  Any fire starting this afternoon has the potential to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

 No County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect.  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