Fire Situation Report – August 23, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 23, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/22/11 thru 08/23/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 4 fires burned 7.1 acres (Causes: 3-Lightning; 1-Equipment)

* 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. No requests for assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area.

Fire danger today will be highest west of a line from Grant County to Bryan 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 southerly winds sustained at 5-15 mph with higher gusts. Scattered, light rain showers were occurring in parts of northwest Oklahoma this morning. In areas that have not seen significant rainfall in the past several days, any fire that starts today can burn very intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Isolated thunderstorms are possible today. Lightning and strong, erratic winds will be the main threat to firefighter safety. If a thunderstorm approaches or develops near an active wildfire, be prepared for a sudden increase in fire behavior or rapid shift in the fire’s direction of spread. Post lookouts or designate someone to track the storms progress and winds to ensure maximum safety.

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