Fire Situation Report – August 18, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 18, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/17/11 thru 08/18/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 500 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire 0.1 acre (Cause: Equipment)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 10.1 acres (Causes: 1-Lightning; 1-Equipment)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

Crow (Adair County) – Three Forestry Services units (one Type 2 Dozer, two Type 3 Dozers, and three Type 6 Engines) with six firefighters working with one Cherokee Nation Type 6 Engine and two Fire Department engines extinguished this lightning-caused fire burning in a high value pine plantation. The wildfire burned 500 acres and was started by lightning.

* 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 across Oklahoma over the last 24 hours. Rainfall amounts were very minimal and will provide some temporary mitigation of fire danger. A summary of yesterday’s State-provided assistance outside of the Protection Area is listed below:

Highway 30 (Beckham County) – Ten Forestry Services firefighters from the East Central and Southeast Areas equipped with dozers and Type 6 Engines continued working toward full containment on this wildfire burning approximately ten miles south of Erick. Suppression activities yesterday include securing containment lines, mopping up hot spots, and monitoring fire activity. The fire burned 1,385 acres in steep, broken terrain. The Forestry Services personnel will demobilize from the incident today at noon.

Messer Complex (Choctaw County) – Three Forestry Services units (three Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines) with six firefighters from the Forestry Services Southeast Area assisted the Messer Fire Department with one lightning-caused and four incendiary-caused wildfires near Messer. The total acres burned by these five fires totaled six acres.

Fire danger today will be highest west of a line from Grant County to Jackson County. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-30% range with generally south winds sustained from 10-20 mph with gusts from 20-25 mph. Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 100 degree range.

Isolated thunderstorms and rain showers are possible today across the state. 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:

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