Fire Situation Report – November 14, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 14, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/10/11 thru 11/14/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 16 acres (Causes: 1-Campfire; 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 120.2 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 98 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn; 1-Debris Burning)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Ash Creek (Pittsburg County) – Two firefighters from the Forestry Services East Central Area equipped with one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine extinguished this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 120 acres three miles south of Blocker.

* - 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. Large fires are defined as having burned over 100 acres in timbered areas or 300 acres in grass fuels.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 11/10/11 thru 11/14/11

No wildfires reported yesterday

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger this afternoon will be seen in an area from Beckham County to Washita County to Tillman County. In this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 20% range with sustained northeast wind at 10-25 mph with gusts from 15-20 mph. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid-70 degree range. Wildland fuels in the majority of this area remain dry and cured. Any fire that starts in or near this area has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread, especially where wind and terrain align.

In a large portion of northern Oklahoma, relative humidity is expected to drop into the low to mid-20% range. Northerly winds behind a frontal passage are expected to remain fairly light throughout the day. Any fire starting in dry, continuous cured fuels has the potential to burn intensely with moderate rates of spread.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Texas County. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current Burn Ban information:

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