Fire Situation Report – September 10, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/07/12 thru 09/10/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fire burned 4 acres (Cause: Equipment)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 29 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-Other)

* 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 09/03/12 thru 09/10/12

3 fires burned 60 acres (Causes: 2-Debris Burning; 1-Equipment)
Reporting Department(s): Kingston FD, Cedar Country FD and Roosevelt 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: Initial attack was heavy during the reporting period following the strong cold front which impacted the state on Friday. Several requests for aviation assistance were unable to be filled due to the strong, gusty winds and severe storms which followed the cold front. Requests for aviation support came from fires occurring in Osage County and Pawnee County. No reports on the final fire sizes or causes have been received at the time of this report.

Fire danger will be highest today west of a line from Osage County to Jefferson County. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the 15-20% range with southerly winds sustained at 10-20 mph with gusts from 20-25 mph. Temperatures are expected in the low 90 degree range. Wildland fuels remain very dry throughout this area. Any fire starting today will have the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread, especially in areas that have seen little or no rainfall in the last few weeks.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Tuesday afternoon thru evening for the possibility of very high to extreme fire danger in the following counties in central and western Oklahoma: Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Garfield, Noble, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, and Payne. In and near this area tomorrow southerly winds are forecast to increase from the south to 15-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph possible. Relative humidity is forecast to drop into the 15-25% range with temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s. A Red Flag Warning for this area may be issued later today or tomorrow as more details are received concerning the actual fire weather conditions.

NO EXEMPTIONS FOR AGRICULTURAL BURNING OR EXTREME HARDSHIP SHOULD BE GRANTED TODAY OR TOMORROW DUE TO THE FORECAST FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: County Wildland Task Forces should prepare for possible mobilization tomorrow.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. For information concerning this ban 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