Fire Situation Report – August 16, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 16, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/15/11 thru 08/16/11

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

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

* 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 rainfall occurred in isolated areas of south central Oklahoma over the last 24 hours. The Madill Mesonet station recorded the highest amount of moisture at 0.83 inches. Four requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Coffey (McCurtain County) – Ten Forestry Services firefighters from the Southeast Area equipped with two Type 2 dozers, two Type 3 dozers, and four Type 6 Engines worked in conjunction with eight fire department engines on this incendiary-caused wildfire. The wildfire occurred four miles west of Garvin and burned 270 acres.

Two Southeast Area firefighters with one Type 3 dozer and one Type 6 Engine responded to an incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 0.5 acres southwest of Idabel yesterday afternoon.

Another request for aviation assistance on a fire four miles east of Tecumseh was cancelled by the Incident Commander prior to the dispatch of an Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopter. This wildfire threatened numerous residences. No report was received on the number of structures lost or acres burned.

The last request received late yesterday afternoon for Forestry Services assistance on a fire that has been burning in Beckham County since August 9th. Early this morning ten Forestry Services firefighters from the East Central and Southeast Areas equipped with dozers and Type 6 Engines departed for this fire that is burning south of Erick near and on the Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol fixed-wing aircraft with a Forestry Services Operations Specialist on-board will provide strategic and tactical guidance for the ground resources. The fire is reported to have burned approximately 2,600 acres as of late yesterday afternoon.

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

In the remainder of Oklahoma, relative humidity is expected to range from 25-40% with generally south winds from 5-15 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are forecast to range from the upper 90s to low 100s.

Isolated thunderstorms and rain showers are on-going east of a rough line from Ardmore to Tulsa. If a thunderstorm develops near an on-going wildfire, fire control personnel should be prepared for a sudden increase in fire activity or change in fire spread if the fire is influenced by thunderstorm winds or outflow boundaries.

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