Fire Situation Report – November 1, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 1, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/31/11 thru 11/01/11

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.  Large fires are defined as having burned over 100 acres in timbered areas or 300 acres in grass fuels.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 10/31/11 thru 11/01/11

1 fire burned 50 acres (Cause: Equipment)          

** - 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 during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today will be south of a line from Grant County to Roger Mills County and north of an Adair County to Marshall County line.  South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 20-25 mph gusting from 25-35 mph with higher gusts possible.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 30% - 40% range.   Any fire starting in this area in dry, continuous fuel has the potential to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

On Wednesday, a strong cold front is expected to cross Oklahoma.  Very strong, gusty winds are expected in association with the cold front.  Current forecasts call for moderately high relative humidity with a chance for showers as the cold front approaches and crosses the State.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  A Governor’s Burn Ban is still in effect for 14 counties until 1:00 p.m. today.    

A County Commissioner Burn Ban for Beaver County will take effect at 1:00 p.m. today.  Other bans may be imposed today prior to the lifting of the Governor’s Ban.  Be sure to click on the Burn Ban link listed below for the latest and most current 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