Fire Situation Report – October 6, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 6, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/05/11 thru 10/06/11

NE Area – 3 fires burned 206 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Other)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 0.5 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 250 acres (Cause: Incendiay)

Two large fires occurred yesterday in the Protection Area:

Sugar Hill (Sequoyah County) – Forestry Services’ Northeast Area utilized two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines and four firefighters to suppress this wildfire that burned 200 acres eight miles west of Vian. Dry fuels, low relative humidity and the heavily timbered, inaccessible area hampered fire suppression efforts. Four local fire departments were also committed to this incendiary-caused incident.

Limestone Valley (Atoka County) – This incendiary-caused wildfire occurred 6-1/2 miles south of Kiowa and burned 250 acres in heavily timbered, rugged terrain. The Forestry Services’ Southeast Area dispatched four firefighters that used two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines to extinguish this fire.

* - 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 10/04/11 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:

North McAlester (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 to extinguish an incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 31 acres one mile north of McAlester.

Fire danger will be high to very high across Oklahoma today. Winds will be strong and gusty, especially west of a Grant County to Harper County line. In this area winds are forecast to be sustained at 20-30 mph with gusts near 50 mph in the Panhandle. Between this line and north of an Adair County to Carter County line winds will be southerly, sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Relative humidity is expected to be in the low 20% to low 40% range, with the lowest values in eastern Oklahoma. Wildland fuels remain critically dry in many locations. While some wildland fuels were dampened slightly by yesterday’s light rainfall, they will quickly dry under the influence of today’s winds and relative humidity. Today any fire will have the potential to 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 and tomorrow. The forecast strong winds may prevent the use of suppression aircraft in some areas of the State.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged this week due to increasing fire danger. Very dry wildland fuel conditions 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: 

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