Fire Situation Report – November 18, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 18, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/17/11 thru 11/18/11

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 11/17/11 thru 11/18/11

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. Summer annual herbaceous wildland fuels will continue to die off and cure following the hard freeze yesterday. Leaf fall from hardwood trees is heavy and will be accelerated today due to the strong winds. Leaf litter in forest situations will soon transition from fully shaded to partially shaded.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from Noon to 6 p.m. for Cimarron County and Texas County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Relative humidity is expected to drop to near 10% with sustained southwest winds from 15-20 mph with gusts near 35 mph. Temperatures are forecast to climb to near 75 degrees.

In the remainder of Oklahoma, near Red Flag conditions will exist. Winds will be very strong today, sustained from the southwest at 25-35 mph with gusts over 40 mph common. The highest wind speeds are expected west of a rough line from Ottawa County to Love County. Relative humidity is expected to range from 20-40% with temperatures in the 60s.

Any fire that starts today in continuous, cured fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

For the weekend, Saturday will be the only day with fire danger concerns. For a short time on Saturday fire danger is forecast to be the highest in far western Oklahoma, with relative humidity expected to drop into the 20% range. In western Oklahoma it will be windy for a short time prior to the passage of a dry line-type feature. Winds will decrease and lessen fire danger concerns. Ahead of a front, relative humidity will be high enough to mitigate fire danger concerns.

Over the majority of Oklahoma, winds will calm and shift from the north following a frontal passage on Saturday evening.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is not advised today or tomorrow due to the forecast for strong winds and low relative humidity. Any fire started today could easily escape control without specialized firefighting equipment and robust control lines.

County Commissioner Burn Bans are is in effect for Cimarron County and 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