Fire Situation Report – January 24, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 24, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/23/12 thru 01/24/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 36 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 55.5 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

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 01/23/12 thru 01/24/12

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. This evening there exists a good chance of significant rainfall for the majority of the state.

The highest fire danger this afternoon is expected east of a line from Osage County to McCurtain County. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the low 20% range in Ottawa County and northern Delaware County, with 25-30% elsewhere in this area. Southeast winds are forecast to be sustained at approximately 5-10 mph with gusts from 10-15 mph. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid- to upper 60 degree range. Any wildfire starting this afternoon in and near this area has the potential to burn with moderate to high intensity and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

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