Fire Situation Report – November 10, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 10, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/09/11 thru 11/10/11

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 for Time Period 11/09/11 thru 11/10/11

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 during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today will be seen in Ellis, Dewey, Custer, Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, Beckham and Roger Mills counties. In this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-teens to 25% range with sustained southwest winds at 10-20 mph with gusts from 20-25 mph. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 65-75 degree range. Field reports indicate that in some areas short grass has temporarily greened up as a result of recent rainfall. In addition winter grasses and forbs have sprouted which will also help to reduce fire intensity. However, in areas where little moisture has been received and wildland fuels have been frost killed or remain cured due to the extended drought, expect any fire that starts under the forecast conditions to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham, Harmon, Greer, and Jackson. Dry southwest winds sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts from 30-35 mph are forecast. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range with temperatures reaching into the 70-80 degree range. In and near this area where wildland fuels have been frost killed and are fully cured, expect any fire that starts to exhibit resistance to control and rapid rates of spread. Red Flag Warnings for Friday and Saturday may be issued as more data is received that confirms the next two day’s forecast.

The next regularly scheduled Fire Situation Report will be posted on Monday, November 14th unless fire weather conditions substantially change or increased fire activity dictates posting an updated report.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not recommended over the next three days due to the strong, gusty winds that are forecast for most of the state. If contemplating any outdoor burning, be sure to check your local National Weather Service Forecast Office’s latest forecast for the most current expected fire weather conditions. Please help prevent wildfires!

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Texas 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