Fire Situation Report – August 29, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 29, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/26/11 thru 08/29/11

NE Area – 3 fires burned 43 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 12 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 6 fires burned 83.6 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Equipment; 1-Other)

* 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 across Oklahoma during the reporting period. Light rain showers fell in parts of the state which helped mitigate fire danger in those areas. No requests for assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area over the weekend.

Fire danger this afternoon will be highest south of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-teens with winds generally out of the south sustained from 5-10 mph with gusts from 15-20 mph. Temperatures are expected to climb to 105-110 degrees. Any fire that starts today in and near this area will burn very intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Tuesday (August 30th) afternoon thru evening for the following counties in southwest Oklahoma: Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, and Tillman. In and near this area expect relative humidity to range from 10-15% with south-southwest winds sustained at 20 mph with higher gusts and temperatures of 106-111 degrees. A Red Flag Warning may be issued for this area later today or tomorrow as more information is received on tomorrow’s actual fire weather conditions. For more information concerning the Fire Weather Watch, visit the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office website at:

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=oun&wwa=fire weather watch

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fire danger over the next few days will be very high to extreme across Oklahoma. Wildland fuels remain critically dry in the majority of the state. Even in areas that received rainfall several days ago, live fuel moistures have dropped low enough to sustain combustion. The forecast for high winds for the next few days will cause fire control to be challenging. Any fire that starts will be very resistant to control. Expect rapid rates of spread, moderate spotting distances, and sustained crown fires even in hardwood trees.

County Wildland Task Forces should prepare for possible mobilization on Tuesday and the next few days.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Be very careful with any outdoor activity over the next few days that could possibly start a wildfire. High winds will increase the chances that any fire that starts to easily escape control.

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:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

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