Fire Situation Report – November 17, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 17, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/16/11 thru 11/17/11

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 11/16/11 thru 11/17/11

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 yesterday. An increase of fire danger this afternoon will be seen in the panhandle area of Oklahoma. In and near this area the relative humidity is expected to fall into the to 20% range with sustained south winds at 15-20 mph with gusts over 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from 50-60 degrees. Any fire that starts in this area has the potential to burn with rapid rates of spread, especially in areas where dry, continuous fuels are present.

County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect for Cimarron and Texas Counties. 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: Brian Hall, Staff Protection Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services