Fire Situation Report – September 12, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 2 fires burned 35 acres (Cause: 1-Electrical, 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 5 acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Incediary)

· 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 09/11/12 thru 09/12/12

1fire burned 10 acres (Causes: Debris Burning)
Reporting Department(s): Newcastle FD, McClain County

** - 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: No requests for fire assistance were received for yesterday.

Fire danger remains elevated throughout Oklahoma. Expect winds to be strong and gusty from the south sustained at 10-20 gusts near 30 mph. Relative humidity will remain in the mid 30’s. Temperatures will range from 90 - 95 degrees.

A Cold-front will be moving into Western Oklahoma this afternoon bringing chance of rainfall. Expect dramatic wind shifts occurring with this front, from south winds to north winds.

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.

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

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: In Western Oklahoma, be prepared for the sudden wind shifts to occur on fires, which could cause for firefighter safety issues. If possible, post lookouts to monitor on-site weather to mitigate the issue.

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: Brian Hall, Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services