Fire Situation Report – October 26, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 26, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/25/11 thru 10/26/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 0.6 acres (Causes: 1-Equipment; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 25 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: 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 for Time Period 10/25/11 thru 10/26/11

No Wildfires Reported Yesterday

** - 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.  Winds today will be strong behind a passing cold front.  In much of the state wind speeds are currently sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph.  While wind speeds will remain quite strong throughout the day, relative humidity is only expected to drop into the 55%-65% range behind the front.  The higher relative humidity readings will offset the higher wind speeds today and help to mitigate fire danger.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Where permissible, outdoor burning is not advised today due to strong, gusty winds and the passage of a cold front.  Be careful today during any outdoor activity that has the potential to spark a wildfire.

A Governor’s Burn Ban is still in effect for 14 counties.  A County Commissioner Burn Ban for Marshall County is still 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