Fire Situation Report – October 25, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 25, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/24/11 thru 10/25/11       

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 15.1 acres (Causes: 1-Lightning; 1-Equipment)

* - 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 10/24/11 thru 10/25/11

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 weather conditions deteriorated beyond forecast values yesterday which prompted the issuance of a Red Flag Warning for a large part of western Oklahoma.

The highest fire danger today will be east of a line from Kay County to Jackson County.  While relative humidity readings in this area will be in the 30%-40% range, winds will be strong and gusty.  South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 15-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph in many locations.  A Wind Advisory has been issued for Nowata, Craig, Ottawa and Delaware counties where wind gusts above 40 mph are possible.  Temperatures today are forecast to be above normal. The combination of dry fuels, above normal temperatures and high winds will allow any fire that starts today to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread and exhibit erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  In addition to the fire weather conditions mentioned above, a cold front is forecast to cross the state starting late today which will cause a shift in winds and allow temperatures to drop.  Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into high teens to 20% range behind the front.  A short time after the frontal passage, the drier air will allow any fire burning to increase in intensity.  However, the drier air will be offset by a decrease in wind speeds which will moderate spread rates.  Caution is urged today during any fire suppression activity due to the variable fire weather conditions that are possible today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Where permissible, outdoor burning is not advised today due to strong, gusty winds and the passage of a cold front.  The fire weather forecast for today will create conditions favorable for wildfires.  Be careful today during any outdoor activity that has the potential to spark a wildfire.

A Governor’s Burn Ban is still in effect for 14 counties.  A County Commissioner Burn Ban for Marshall County is still in effect.  For current Burn Ban information click on the following link:

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