Fire Situation Report – August 11, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 2 fires burned 0.2 acres (Causes: 2-Lightning)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 3.2 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 2-Equipment)

Two large fires were on-going in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Wildcat Creek (Pushmataha County) – Three Forestry Services Type 3 dozers, three Type 6 Engines and seven firefighters from the Southeast with two dozers, two Type 6 Engines and five firefighters from the Choctaw Nation, two timber industry dozers, and an Oklahoma Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook Helicopter equipped with a 1,320 gallon bucket battled this lightning-caused wildfire that has burned 324 acres of high-value pine plantation twelve miles north of Antlers.  Firefighting personnel today will be patrolling the fire’s perimeter, reinforcing control lines and mopping up hot spots.

Knot Tree (McCurtain County) – Two Forestry Services dozers, two Type 6 Engines and five firefighters from the Southeast Area and two timber industry dozers were committed to this lightning-caused wildfire that burned 185 acres of high-value pine plantations.  The fire’s location is approximately eight miles north of Antlers.  Suppression actions for this fire today include mopping up hot spots and dropping burning snags that are close to the control lines.

* 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:   No requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday. In western Oklahoma initial attack was heavy, primarily on lightning-caused fires from the previous night’s storms.  Storms are on-going in roughly the northwest ½ of Oklahoma at the time of this report. 

Fire danger today will be highest south of a rough line from Stephens 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.  Storms may affect this area later today.

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