Fire Situation Report – September 15, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 15, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/14/11 thru 09/15/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 6 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 137 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 201.2 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Rock Creek (McCurtain County) – This incendiary-caused wildfire was started yesterday evening in a young pine plantation eight miles southwest of Bethel. Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Southeast Area committed two Type 2 Dozers, two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines and seven firefighters to control this blaze. Several fire departments, Weyerhaeuser Timber Company and the US Forest Service were also engaged in suppressing this fire. Strong, shifting winds and critically dry fuels contributed to difficulty in control. Control lines were completed early this morning around this fire that burned 190 acres.

* 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:

Stigler (Haskell County) – Forestry Services dispatched two firefighters from the East Central Area to extinguish this wildfire at the request of the Stigler Police Department. Forestry Services firefighters utilized one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine to suppress this wildfire that burned three acres four miles northeast of Stigler. The cause of the fire has been listed as an Escaped Debris Burn.

This afternoon fire danger will be highest east of a rough line from Ottawa County to Love County. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 20% to low 30% range. Winds are expected to be sustained from the north-northeast at 5-15 mph with higher gusts and temperatures in the upper 60s to upper 70s. Any fire that starts today has the potential to burn very intensely, exhibit erratic fire behavior and be resistant to control.

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: