Fire Situation Report – August 31, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/30/12 thru 08/31/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 4 fires burned 0.8 acres (Causes: 4-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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 08/30/12 thru 08/31/12

2 fires burned 25 acres (Causes: 2-Other) Reporting Department(s): Keystone Fire Department

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported their information on the Oklahoma Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: Initial attack remained light throughout the state yesterday. Fires in the Protection Area were the result of downed power lines due to high winds from Tropical Depression Isaac. Very little moisture has been associated with the passing of this storm.

Fire danger and spread rates have been reduced in areas where rainfall has occurred and live vegetative fuels have greened up. However, drought indexes in the majority of Oklahoma remain at a very high level. Green up of live fuels will be very short-lived with the expected high temperatures forecast for the next several days. Exceptionally low dead fuel moisture in heavy wildland fuels remains near and above historic levels. Fire danger will continue to climb across Oklahoma without additional rainfall. In the next several days, expect even green grassy fuels to support combustion. Caution is urged during any outdoor activity that could result in a wildfire.

Fire danger today and through the holiday weekend will be high to very high, primarily west of Interstate 35. The current forecast indicates that Sunday will have the highest fire danger. West of Interstate 35 on Sunday winds are forecast to be sustained from the south at 10-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph. Relative humidity in this area will drop into the high teens to 30% range. The lowest readings are expected west of an Ellis County to Woods County line where the relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to low 20% range. Temperatures will be very warm over the weekend, reaching the upper 90s to low 100s. Any fire starting this weekend west of Interstate 35 has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. For information concerning this 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