Fire Situation Report – September 11, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/10/12 thru 09/11/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

* 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 09/10/12 thru 09/11/12

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 light across the state yesterday. One request for State assistance was received yesterday from Kiowa County, but cancelled by the fire’s Incident Commander when he arrived on-scene.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Tuesday, September 11th, from Noon to 8 p.m. for the following counties: Beaver, Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Garfield, Noble, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Osage, Pawnee, and Payne. In and near this area tomorrow southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph possible. Relative humidity is forecast to drop into the 10-15% range with temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s. Any fire starting today in cured, continuous fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

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

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: County Wildland Task Forces should prepare for possible mobilization today. Also, the extreme fire weather conditions should moderate below critical levels after sunset this evening.

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