Fire Situation Report – October 21, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 21, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/20/11 thru 10/21/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fire burned 120 acres (Cause: Lightning)

SE Area – 0 fires

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

Buffalo Mountain (Latimer County) – Four firefighters from the Forestry Services’ East Central Area equipped with one Type 3 Dozer and three Type 6 Engines extinguished this lightning-caused wildfire that burned 120 acres in steep, rugged terrain.  The fire occurred on Buffalo Mountain approximately twelve miles west of Wilburton.

* - 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. 

No fire control problems are anticipated today or through the weekend.  Winds are forecast to remain light through Sunday.  Afternoon relative humidity is not expected to drop to levels which will lead to result in control-resistant fires.  However, any fire starting in dry, continuous fuel has the potential to spread with moderate to rapid rates where winds and terrain align.

If the fire weather forecast changes from the anticipated conditions, an updated Fire Situation Report will be distributed. 

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