Fire Situation Report – January 5, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 5, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/01/12 thru 01/05/12

NE Area – 17 fires burned 1,279.7 acres (Causes: 15-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burns)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 450 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 12 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

* 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.

2011 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS** for Time Period 01/01/11 thru 12/31/11

NE Area – 553 fires burned 33,497 acres
552 Primary residences/outbuildings with a total estimated valued of $32,615,000 were threatened.
14 Primary residences and 24 Outbuildings with a total estimated value of $1,580,000 were lost.

EC Area – 503 fires burned 65,538 acres
283 Primary residences/outbuildings with a total estimated valued of $9,010,900 were threatened.
4 Primary residences and 22 Outbuildings with a total estimated valued of $119,900 were lost.

SE Area – 689 fires burned 33,068 acres
479 Primary residences/outbuildings with a total estimated valued of $22,543,305 were threatened.
22 Primary residences and 16 Outbuildings with a total estimated valued of $752,000 were lost.

** These yearly statistics are preliminary figures only. As with the daily figures, the yearly fire numbers and acres burned do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. The figures listed above are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ eighteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma and for instances where ODAFF-Forestry Services provided assistance to local fire departments outside of the Protection Area.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 01/01/12 thru 01/05/12

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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received yesterday. Fire danger over the majority of the state is on the increase due to the continued warm, dry conditions and lack of significant moisture.

Fire danger today will be highest in a band bordered on the north with a rough line from Kay County to Ellis County and bordered on the south from Delaware County to Jefferson County. Relative humidity is expected to range from 20%-30% with sustained southwest winds from 10-15 mph with gusts from 15-25 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from 60-70 degrees. Any fire that starts today in and near this area has the potential to burn intensely with 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:
http://www.forestry.ok.gov/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