Fire Situation Report – October 14, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 14, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/13/11 thru 10/14/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 40 acres (Cause: Equipment)

EC Area – 4 fires burned 46.6 acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 38.5 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Electrical)

* - 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 for Time Period 10/13/11 thru 10/14/11

No Wildfires Reported 

** - 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 high today across the State.  Generally south winds will be strongest in west of a line from Grant County to Jefferson County, forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts from 20-25 mph.  Relative humidity in this area is expected to drop into mid-20% to 30% range.

In eastern Oklahoma, winds are expected to be light, but relative humidity east of an Osage County to Marshall County line will drop into the mid-teens to low 20% range.  Most of this area received very little moisture in the last rainfall event.  Any fire starting in this area in continuous, dry fuels has the potential to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Fire danger is forecast to increase across the State through the weekend as temperatures are expected to reach into the 80s with strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity readings.  A series of cold fronts will pass through Oklahoma over the next few days which will cause a number of wind shifts.  Expect strong winds and wind shifts combined with relative humidity readings expected to drop into the 20-30% range each day.  Fire control will be challenging in the next several days if a fire starts in areas where very little moisture has occurred over the last several days.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  A Governor’s Burn Ban is still in effect for 28 counties.  Several County Commissioner Burn Bans are also still in effect.  For current Burn Ban information 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