Fire Situation Report – September 13, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 13, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/12/11 thru 09/13/11

NE Area – 3 fires burned 3,512 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-Other)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 770 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

SE Area – 0 fires

Three large fires occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Gruber (Muskogee County) – This wildfire occurred seven miles east of Muskogee at the Camp Gruber Army National Guard Training Facility.  Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched eight firefighters equipped with four Type 3 Dozers, four Type 6 Engines and one Type 3 Incident Commander to control this wildfire that burned approximately 3,500 acres.  Two fire department engines, Camp Gruber firefighting personnel and an Oklahoma Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter equipped with a 660-gallon bucket were also involved in the suppression effort.  The cause of the fire started from a military tracer round fired during a training exercise.  The fire is 70% contained.  Today’s suppression activities will be mopping up hot spots and patrolling by air.

Ludlow #2 (LeFlore County)  - Two firefighters from the Forestry Services’ East Central Area equipped with one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine working with Choctaw Nation Firefighters suppressed this 350 acre fire that burned in a high value pine plantation one mile northwest of Ludlow.  The cause of the fire has been listed as incendiary.

No Win (LeFlore County) – Forestry Services dispatched four firefighters from the East Central Area and two firefighters from the Southeast Area to extinguish this wildfire that burned 400 acres in a high value pine plantation two miles northwest of Ludlow.  Forestry Services firefighters utilized four Type 3 Dozers and four Type 6 Engines to suppress this wildfire.  The cause of the fire has been listed as 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.

Statewide Discussion:   One request for State assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Stuart (Hughes County) – Three Forestry Services’ firefighters from the East Central Area were dispatched to assist with the control of a wildfire that spread into the wildlands from an on-going structure fire.   The fire burned 15 acres four miles west of Stuart in rugged, forested terrain which hampered the local fire department’s suppression efforts.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for today from 9 a.m. thru this evening for McCurtain County.  Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 5-10 mph with gusts near 15 mph.  Relative humidity is forecast to drop into the mid-teens and temperatures above 100 degrees.  Any fire that starts today in and near this area will burn very intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.  Short to mid-range spotting is possible with today’s fire weather.

This afternoon fire danger in the rest of the state will be very high to extreme, especially south of a rough line from Delaware County to Beckham County.  South winds near 15 mph with higher gusts will be shifting in advance of an approaching cold front.  After the frontal passage the winds will be from the north-northeast.  Relative humidity dropping into the low-teens to near 20% and temperatures in the upper 90s to low 100s are expected.  The exceptionally dry fuels present over most of this area when combined with today’s possible fire weather will allow any fire that starts to be very resistant to control.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  The arrival of a cold front in the state today will cause erratic and shifting winds as it approaches.  Keep current on the location of the cold front throughout the day.  While fighting fire today be aware of the possible impacts of the shifting winds on the fire behavior and direction of spread.

County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Please exercise extra caution during any outdoor activity today due to the very high to extreme fire danger.  Wildland fuels are exceptionally dry and will be very easy to accidentally ignite.     

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 61 counties.  Several County Burn Bans are in effect.  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