Fire Situation Report – August 10, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 10, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/09/11 thru 08/10/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 14.1 acres (Causes: 2-Lightning)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 8 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 9 fires burned 122.2 acres (Causes: 4-Lightning; 3-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-Debris Burning)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

* 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: Many areas of Oklahoma received rainfall overnight. Storms continue this morning with much needed moisture continuing to fall, primarily in eastern Oklahoma. Some areas of northeast Oklahoma have received well over an inch of rain in the last two days, which will help to mitigate fire danger for short period of time.

State assistance was provided on three wildfires outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Ninety Mile (Hughes County) - Two Forestry Services dozers, two Type 6 Engines, and five firefighters from the East Central Area were dispatched to assist the Stuart Fire Department on a fire that occurred eight miles south of Stuart. The fire burned 100 acres in steep, rugged terrain. The wildfire resulted from embers from a structure fire.

Texanna (McIntosh County) - Two Forestry Services dozers, two Type 6 Engines, and five firefighters from the East Central Area were dispatched to assist the Texanna Fire Department on a fire that occurred one mile southwest of Texanna. The lightning-caused fire burned 20 acres in steep, rugged terrain.

Cleveland #1 & Cleveland #2 (Pawnee County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched yesterday afternoon to assist the Cleveland Fire Department for a flare-up on this wildfire that started on August 6th. However, the request was cancelled at the request of the IC prior to the aircraft’s arrival. Numerous fire departments were committed to this fire that has burned an estimated 18,000 acres. This fire is part of the Cleveland/Mannford Complex.

Orion (Major County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 helicopter was re-tasked in flight from the Cleveland Fires to assist with this wildfire that occurred approximately four miles north of Orion. Approximately 320 acres have burned. Dozers are currently working to secure the fire’s perimeter.

Fire danger today will be highest south of a rough line from Beckham County to McCurtain County. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to low 20% with generally south winds sustained from 5-10 mph with higher gusts. An excessive heat warning is in effect for much of far southern Oklahoma.

Any thunderstorm in the area of a wildfire has the potential to seriously affect firefighting efforts. Possible new wildfire starts from lightning and downdrafts/out-flow winds that could affect on-going fires will be possible again today. In addition, strong to severe storms in the vicinity of an on-going fire will prevent the use of suppression aircraft.
A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. For the most current information on Burn Ban 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