Fire Situation Report – January 27, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 27, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/26/12 thru 01/27/12

NE Area – 0 fires

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 01/26/12 thru 01/27/12

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 high to very high fire danger will exist across Oklahoma in response to a dry cold front that will pass through the state today. Winds prior to the frontal passage will be from the south-southwest sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. This afternoon relative humidity is expected to drop into the 25-35% range with temperatures climbing into the 45-50 degree range.

After the frontal passage, the winds are forecast to switch to a north-northwest direction. Winds will be highest in northwest Oklahoma where a High Wind Advisory is in effect. Winds in northwest Oklahoma are expected to be from 20-35 mph with gusts near 45 mph. The strong winds are expected to diminish several hours after the frontal passage.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: If engaged on a wildfire today, be prepared for a potential wind shift should the cold front pass your location. If the front has not reached your fire, be sure the south and east flanks are secure to prevent losing the fire when the winds shift from the north-northwest.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not recommended due to the strong winds expected today.

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