Fire Situation Report – January 20, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 20, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/19/12 thru 01/20/12

NE Area – 3 fires burned 105 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 85 acres (Cause: 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 01/19/12 thru 01/20/12

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.

Dense fog is covering a large part of eastern Oklahoma this morning. A cold front will cross the state throughout the day, which will result in strong south-southwest winds ahead of the front. After the frontal passage, the winds will shift with gusty northwest winds from 10-15 mph with gusts above 20 mph. The winds are forecast to diminish as they continue to switch to a northerly direction.

The highest fire danger today will be southwest of a line from Beckham County to Cotton County. In and near this area ahead of the approaching cold front expect southwest winds sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts above 20 mph. Following the frontal passage, winds will change to a northwest direction, sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts above 20 mph. The winds will diminish as the northwest winds shift to a northerly direction. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 60-70 degree range with relative humidity in the 25%-30% range. Any fire starting this afternoon in and near this area has the potential to burn with high intensity and exhibit 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 direction of spread.

A stronger cold front is expected to push through Oklahoma late Saturday and Sunday. Strong, gusty winds are expected with this frontal passage. Fire danger will be high to very high across the majority of Oklahoma on Sunday.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: This weekend caution is urged while conducting any outdoor activity which has the potential to start a wildfire.

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