Fire Situation Report – October 19, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 19, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/18/11 thru 10/19/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 4 fires burned 126 acres (Causes: 4-Lightning)

* - 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 10/18/11 thru 10/19/11

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.

The highest fire danger today will be seen east of a line from Kay County to Cotton County.  In and near this area the relative humidity is expected to fall into the upper teens to 20% range with sustained north-northwest winds at 15-20 mph with gusts from 25-30 mph.  Temperatures are forecast to range approximately from 60-65 degrees.  Any fire that starts in this area has the potential to burn with rapid rates of spread, especially in areas where dry, continuous fuels are present.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for McCurtain County from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens with sustained northwest winds at 20 mph with gusts near 30 mph.  Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 60-degree range.  Any fire in this area has the potential to exhibit extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  A Governor’s Burn Ban is still in effect for 14 counties.  Several County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect.  For current Burn Ban information click on the following link:

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