Fire Situation Report – October 5, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 5, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/04/11 thru 10/05/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 11.5 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 15.5 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

* - 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 10/04/11 thru 10/05/11

No fires 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: One request for State assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

McAlester NW (Pittsburg County) – Three firefighters from the Forestry Services’ East Central Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and one Type 6 Engine responded to a request for assistance from the McAlester Fire Department to extinguish an incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 16 acres two miles northwest of McAlester. The Bureau of Indian Affairs also committed firefighting resources to this incident.

Very dry conditions will persist over most of Oklahoma again today. Fire danger is expected to remain at a high to very high level for the next three days. Wildland fuels will continue to dry as a result of the current and expected fire weather conditions.

Fire danger will be high to very high across Oklahoma today. Relative humidity will be lowest generally east of US 81 with expected values in the upper-teens to low 20% range. West of the US 81 corridor should see relative humidity values in the mid-20 to low 30% range. Winds will be highest west of a Harper County to Beckham County line, generally from the south, sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph. Wildland fuels remain critically dry in many locations. Any fire starting today will have the potential to be resistant to control, exhibit erratic fire behavior and have moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization today thru Friday.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged this week due to increasing fire danger. Very dry wildland fuel conditions, low relative humidity and strong, gusty winds may allow any fire to easily escape control.

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 28 counties and County Burn Bans are in effect for several others. 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