Fire Situation Report – August 25, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 25, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/24/11 thru 08/25/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 4 fires burned 130 acres (Causes: 1-Lightning; 2-Incendiary; 1-Other)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

Cypress Curve (McCurtain County) – Ten Forestry Services firefighters from the Southeast Area equipped with five Type 2 & 3 Dozers and five Type 6 Engines assisted by four timber industry dozers and one Single Engine Air Tanker worked to contain this fire that occurred three miles northwest of Wright City. The wildfire was incendiary-caused and burned 110 acres in high-value pine plantation. Fire personnel will patrol the fire today and mop up hot spots.

* 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: One request for assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area:

Weleetka (Hughes County) – Two Forestry Services units from the East Central Area assisted by the Weleetka Fire Department controlled this incendiary-caused fire that burned 76 acres two miles south of Weleetka.

Fire danger today will be high to very high this afternoon 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 east-northeast winds sustained at 5-10 mph with higher gusts. 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 rates of spread. Rapid rates of spread are possible in any location where terrain and winds align.

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