Fire Situation Report – October 1, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/28/12 thru 10/01/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 09/24/12 thru 10/01/12

1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Lightning) Reporting Department(s): Payne 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: Substantial rainfall occurred over a large portion of Oklahoma during the reporting period, significantly reducing fire danger in the areas where it fell. Green-up in live herbaceous and grassy fuels plus the emergence of winter annual vegetation will greatly reduce fire danger for several days. Unfortunately the coverage of the moisture was not statewide. Very dry, cured wildland fuels exist in numerous counties across Oklahoma.

The highest fire danger today will be north of a line from Ellis County to Osage County. In and near this area very little if any moisture has fallen over the last several days. Today’s fire weather is expected to bring northerly winds sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts over 30 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 25-30% range with temperatures from 80-85 degrees. Expect any fire that starts in and near this area to exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban for numerous counties and several County Burn Bans remain in effect. 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