Fire Situation Report – October 24, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 24, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/21/11 thru 10/24/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Cause: Other)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 5 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 20.5 acres (Causes: 2-Lightning; 1-Equipment)

* - 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 10/21/11 thru 10/24/11

1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Equipment)
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 during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today will be west of a line from Grant County to Cotton County. In this area, south-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 15-30 mph with gusts from 20-40 mph. Afternoon relative humidity is expected to drop into the low teens to low 20% range with temperatures expected above 80 degrees. The driest, windiest conditions will be experienced in and near the Oklahoma Panhandle.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from Noon to 7 pm for Cimarron and Texas County. South-Southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 20-35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digit to low teens range. Expect any fire that starts in continuous, dry fuel to be very resistant to control with rapid spread rates and erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Where permissible, outdoor burning is not advised today west of a Grant County to Cotton County line. Strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity will combine to create a very favorable environment for wildfires. If any burning has been done in the past few days, it is advised to check the burned areas to make sure that there are no residual embers that could blow out of the ash pile into surrounding vegetation and start a wildfire.

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