Fire Situation Report – January 19, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 19, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/18/12 thru 01/19/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 4 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 17 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

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 01/18/12 thru 01/19/12

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.

The highest fire danger today will be in two areas of western Oklahoma. In Cimarron County relative humidity is expected to drop into the low teens with southwest winds sustained at 5-10 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 60s. The second area of concern is west of a line from Roger Mills County to Jackson County. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 60-70 degree range with light southwest winds from 5-10 mph. Relative humidity in the 20-30% range is expected. In both areas a cold front moving through will change the wind direction and speed.

The cold front is expected to cross the areas described above this afternoon and push through the remainder of Oklahoma by tonight. Behind the front winds are forecast to shift from the north-northeast. The highest winds are expected northwest of Interstate 44 and are expected to be sustained from 10-15 mph with gusts in the 20 mph range.

Any fire starting this afternoon in and near these areas has the potential to burn with moderate to high intensity and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread. In addition shifting winds will be a concern as any fire that is on-going at the time of the frontal passage may suddenly change directions with increased spread rates and intensity.

Tomorrow a stronger cold front is expected to push through Oklahoma. While winds will be quite strong, especially in southwest Oklahoma, relative humidity is not expected to reach critical levels.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Caution is urged while conducting any outdoor activity which has the potential to start a wildfire. Extra care should be taken if conducting any outdoor burning due to the potential for wind shifts and increasing wind speeds.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Ottawa 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