Fire Situation Report – November 4, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 4, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/03/11 thru 11/04/11

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 11/03/11 thru 11/04/11

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.

The highest fire danger today will be seen west of a line from Woods County to Beckham County. In and near this area relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the upper teens to mid-20% range with sustained south-southwest winds from 15-20 mph with gusts from 20-30 mph. Any fire that starts has the potential to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Oklahoma Panhandle for Saturday morning thru Saturday evening. Very strong south-southwest winds sustained at 25-40 mph with gusts possible up to 55 mph are possible. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 15-20% range Saturday afternoon. A Red Flag Warning may be issued later today or tomorrow as more data is received that will confirm expected fire weather conditions. For more information on the Fire Weather Watch, visit the National Weather Service’s Amarillo Forecast Office website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/

In addition, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Saturday from Noon to 7 p.m. for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Harper, Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham, Harmon and Greer. Sustained south winds from 25-30 mph with higher gusts will be accompanied by relative humidity readings from 20-30%. For more information on the Fire Weather Watch, visit the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

In the remainder of Oklahoma for this weekend, Saturday will have the highest wildfire potential. The primary area of concern will be in west of a rough line from Washington County to Jefferson County. This area will experience strong south-southwest winds sustained from 25-30 mph with gusts in the 35-40+ mph range. Relative humidity will be the lowest in the far western counties, dropping into the low 20% range with 25-35% elsewhere. A Fire Weather Watch and Red Flag Warnings may be issued as more data is received that will confirm expected fire weather conditions. Monitor the latest Fire Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office and Tulsa Forecast Office at the following website addresses: Norman - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ Tulsa - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tsa/

An updated Fire Situation Report will be distributed should forecast conditions change drastically.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The forecast for strong, gusty winds may preclude the use of suppression aircraft in some areas of the state tomorrow.

County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect for Texas and Beaver 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