Fire Situation Report – November 30, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 30, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/29/11 thru 11/30/11

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 11/29/11 thru 11/30/11

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.

Fire danger today will be highest north and west of a line from Roger Mills County to Washita County to Woodward County. Winds are forecast to be sustained from the south-southwest from 15-25 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop to near 10% in Cimarron County and increase to near 35% in the eastern portion of the area described above. Temperatures will climb into the 50-60 degree range. A cold front is expected to push into this area late tonight with winds shifting from the north-northwest at 25 mph gusting to near 40 mph. Any fire that starts in or near this area has the potential to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Fire danger will also be high east of a Kay County to Love County Line due to the dry air that is in place. Relative humidity in this area is expected to drop into the low to mid-20% range with south-southwest winds sustained from 10-15 mph with higher gusts. Any fire starting in continuous, cured fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect for Cimarron County and Texas County. 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