Fire Situation Report – October 31, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 31, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/28/11 thru 10/31/11       

NE Area – 1 fire burned 125 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

One large fire occurred during the reporting period:

Hilltop Road (Muskogee County) – Two units (two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines and four firefighters) from the Forestry Services’ Northeast Area extinguished this incendiary-caused wildfire.  The fire burned 125 acres in rough, timbered terrain in Camp Gruber, approximately five miles southeast of Ft. Gibson.

* - 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 10/28/11 thru 10/31/11

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 during the reporting period. 

The highest fire danger today will be north of a rough line from Osage County to Beckham County.  South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 15-20 mph.  The highest wind gusts will be in far northwest Oklahoma where 25-30 mph gusts are possible.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range.   Any fire starting in and near this area in dry, continuous fuel has the potential to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  A Governor’s Burn Ban is still in effect for 14 counties until Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.  As of 8:00 a.m. this morning (10/31), no 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