Fire Situation Report – October 17, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 17, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/14/11 thru 10/17/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 32 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 6 fires burned 76.8 acres (Causes: 3-Escaped Debris Burn; 2-Electrical; 1-Campfire)

SE Area – 10 fires burned 44.6 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary; 2-Equipment; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

* - 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 10/14/11 thru 10/17/11

1 fire burned 1.0 acres (Cause: Other-Cutting Metal Pipe)
Reporting Department(s): Guymon FD

** - 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. A cold front is currently situated over the State, with strong northerly winds expected to gust from 20-30 mph this afternoon behind the front. Relative humidity readings will range between 30-40% this afternoon. A chance of thunderstorms exists south of the cold front. Lightning caused fires are possible today and tomorrow in the path of any thunderstorm that develops.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: A series of cold fronts are expected to influence fire weather in the State over the next few days. Strong, shifting winds will be the primary influence on fire behavior. In addition, thunderstorms are possible which will bring with them the chance of lightning and erratic winds. If engaged in suppressing wildfires this week, be prepared for erratic fire behavior.

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