Fire Situation Report – August 24, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 24, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/23/11 thru 08/24/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 6 fires burned 63.2 acres (Causes: 2-Lightning; 2-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burning; 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: No requests for assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area.

Fire danger today will be high to very high across the entire state. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to 20% range. Temperatures are expected to climb above 100 degrees with generally south winds sustained at 10-15 mph with higher gusts. To complicate fire weather, a frontal boundary will be pushing into Oklahoma today. Winds behind the front will shift to generally from the north. In addition, thunderstorms are again possible which brings the possibility of lightning and strong, erratic winds near the storms. 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: The hot, dry weather over the past few days has caused the curing of the herbaceous fuels that experienced some green-up. Fire danger in these areas is rising as fire weather conditions continue to deteriorate. When responding to wildfires in the next several days, do not expect any fire to be “routine.”

A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for 61 counties. County Burn Bans are in effect for several counties. For the most current Burn Ban information 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