Fire Situation Report – October 20, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 20, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/19/11 thru 10/20/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: Lightning)

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.  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 10/19/11 thru 10/20/11

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.  A cold, dry air mass is in place over most of Oklahoma.  Many areas experienced the first freeze of the season overnight which will hasten the on-set of winter fuel conditions.

The highest fire danger today will be seen west of a line from Harper County to Cotton County.  In and near this area the relative humidity is expected to fall into the 25-30% range with sustained southerly winds at 5-10 mph with gusts from 15-20 mph.  Temperatures are forecast to climb to near 70 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.

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: 

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