Fire Situation Report – August 22, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 22, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/19/11 thru 08/21/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 4 acres (Cause: Equipment)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 10 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 10 fires burned 105.5 acres (Causes: 3-Equipment; 2-Incendiary; 2-Lightning; 2-Debris Burning; 1-Children)

* 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: Initial attack was light during the reporting period. A summary the reporting period’s State-provided assistance outside of the Protection Area is listed below:

Homer (Pontotoc County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk equipped with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched Saturday afternoon to assist the Homer Fire Department on a wildfire burning approximately nine miles east of Ada. Several fire departments responded to provide mutual aid assistance. Numerous structures were threatened. A report on the final number of acres burned and the cause of the fire has not been received.

Messer Bottoms (Choctaw County) – Four units from the Forestry Services Southeast Area equipped with two Type 2 Dozers, two Type 3 Dozers, four Type 6 Engines and eight firefighters responded to extinguish this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 140 acres three miles east of Messer. Steep, rugged terrain adjacent to Hugo Lake contributed to suppression difficulty. Messer Fire Department and several other fire departments provided assistance on this fire.

Garvin (McCurtain County) – The Garvin Fire Department requested assistance on this lightning-caused wildfire that burned eight miles west of Idabel. Three Forestry Services firefighters from the Southeast Area equipped with one Type 2 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine responded to assist in the extinguishment of this fire that burned six acres and two secondary structures.

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 upper teens to 20% range. Temperatures are expected to climb above 100 degrees with south winds sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts above 20 mph, mainly in Ellis, Roger Mills, and Beckham Counties.

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