Fire Situation Report – October 7, 2011

Fire Situation Report – October 7, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 10/06/11 thru 10/07/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 5.1 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Downed Powerline)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 3 fires burned 32 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiay)

* - 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

1 fire burned 1.0 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)
Reporting department(s): Peninsula 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: Four requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Jackson Road (Choctaw County) - The Boswell Fire Department requested assistance from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area to suppress this wildfire that burned 447 acres. The fire started 1-1/2 miles southwest of Boswell and burned into Bryan County. The Forestry Services four firefighting dozers, three Type 6 Engines and seven firefighters were assisted by numerous fire departments in the control of this incendiary-caused wildfire.

Northeast Lincoln County (Lincoln County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter equipped with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched to assist the Northeast Lincoln County Fire Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs on a wildfire that occurred yesterday afternoon six miles southeast of Cushing. Strong winds and low relative humidity hampered the suppression of this wildfire that burned an estimated 320 acres. The fire started from a burning mobile home.

Bluff (Choctaw County) – Forestry Services provided one unit (one Type 2 Dozer, one Type 6 Engine and two firefighters) to assist the Bluff Fire Department with the control of this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 80 acres nine miles south of Hugo.

Rufe (Choctaw County) – Rufe Fire Department requested assistance on a wildfire that burned five acres west of Rufe in Choctaw County. Two firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area utilized one Type 3 Dozer and one Type Engine to control this fire.

Fire danger will be high across Oklahoma today, with the highest fire danger in eastern Oklahoma, east of a rough line from Washington County to Bryan County. In this area, expect southerly winds sustained at 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Relative humidity readings are expected to drop into the upper 20% to low 30% range. Any fire that starts today will exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Winds will continue to be very strong and gusty west of an Osage County to Cotton County line. In this area winds are forecast to be sustained at 25-30 mph with some gusts above 40 mph.

Fire danger this weekend will be moderated by higher relative humidity readings and lighter wind speeds. In addition, fire danger will be further reduced in any areas receiving rainfall today thru the weekend. An updated Fire Situation Report will be distributed if fire weather conditions change drastically from forecasted values, Next Report will be on 10/10/11.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The strong winds forecast today may prevent the use of suppression aircraft in some areas of the State.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today due current and forecasted high wind speeds. Very dry wildland fuel conditions coupled with the 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