Fire Situation Report – September 23, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 23, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/22/11 thru 09/23/11

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.

Statewide Discussion:  Light to moderate rainfall is occurred yesterday over a large portion of Oklahoma.  No requests for assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.

A drying trend will start today on the heels of yesterday’s rainfall event.  Today and tomorrow winds should be relatively light across all of Oklahoma with relative humidity dropping into the low teens in the Panhandle ranging up to 30% moving east across the state. 

One fire weather concern for this weekend will be a cold front which will cross the state on Sunday.  The front is expected to be at Interstate 44 by sunrise on Sunday.  The front is anticipated to be dry and will have an associated wind shift behind the frontal passage.  Wind speeds of 15-20 mph with gusts from 20-25 will be common.  Winds should diminish across the state after approximately 4:00 p.m.

With the temporary green up of some grassy fuels in many locations, no fire control issues are anticipated.  In areas without substantial moisture over the last several days, the will be a short duration of moderate to high fire danger conditions on Sunday. 

The next Oklahoma Fire Situation Report will be issued on Monday, September 26th.  An updated Fire Situation Report will be issued if fire danger changes from forecast conditions or if significant fire activity occurs.

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 61 counties.  County Burn Bans are in effect for Ottawa County and Muskogee County.  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