Fire Situation Report – August 15, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 15, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/12/11 thru 08/15/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 10 acres (Causes: Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 5 fires burned 105.6 acres (Causes: 4-Lightning; 1-Incendiary) with two structures lost valued at $32,500.

* 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: The green-up of grassy fuels where the moisture has occurred has reduced fire danger temporarily. One request for State assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Messer (Choctaw County) – One Forestry Services unit consisting of a one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine with two firefighters from the Southeast Area assisted the Messer Fire Department with this lightning-caused fire that burned 0.2 acres in steep, rugged terrain near Messer.

Fire danger today will be highest west of a line from Kay County to Cotton County. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the 25-35% range with generally south winds sustained from 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s to low 100 degree range.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: With only a few localized exceptions the recent rainfall has done little to reduce the effects of the current drought. The meager amount of moisture in the majority of Oklahoma has allowed some green-up of grassy fuels. This green-up will only be temporary without additional rainfall and can be very deceiving relating to fire behavior. Low live moisture content of the fuels will allow it to burn with surprising intensity. Don’t let your guard down when responding to a wildfire. Remember that this has been a very abnormal weather pattern; don’t expect normal fire behavior. Stay safe.

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