Fire Situation Report – November 3, 2011

Fire Situation Report – November 3, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 11/02/11 thru 11/03/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fire burned 10 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 13 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

* - 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 11/02/11 thru 11/03/11

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 yesterday.

Fire danger will be moderate to high across the state today. The highest fire danger will be seen east of Interstate 35 where north-northwest winds will be sustained from 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 20% to mid-30% range. In areas where very little moisture has fallen in the last twenty-four hours, wildland fuels will dry out by late morning and be available to burn. Any fire that starts has the potential to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: A Freeze Warning has been issued for tonight by the National Weather Service for the majority of Oklahoma. Most of the wildland vegetation will not survive tonight’s killing frost. The temporary lull in fire activity will soon be over as most wildland fuels will again be available to burn. Take time now to prepare fire equipment for action and review the following Standard Firefighting Orders with all department personnel.

STANDARD FIREFIGHTING ORDERS

1. Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.
2. Know what your fire is doing at all times.
3. Base all actions on current and expected behavior of the fire.
4. Identify escape routes and safety zones, and make them known.
5. Post lookouts when there is possible danger.
6. Be alert. Keep calm. Think clearly. Act decisively.
7. Maintain prompt communications with your forces, your supervisor and adjoining forces.
8. Give clear instructions and be sure they are understood.
9. Maintain control of your forces at all times.
10. Fight fire aggressively, having provided for safety first.

For discussion for short training session on the Standard Fire Orders, click on the following link:

http://forestry.publishpath.com/Websites/forestry/images/10%20Standard%20Fire%20Orders.pdf

County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect for Texas and Beaver 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