Fire Situation Report – September 16, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 16, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/15/11 thru 09/16/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 6 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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:   No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.  Light rain across the majority of Oklahoma and cooler temperatures lessened fire danger yesterday.

No fire control problems are anticipated today or through the weekend.  Light rainfall today will help mitigate fire danger the rest of the day through tomorrow across the majority of Oklahoma.  A dry line and cold front is expected to push into the Panhandle tomorrow afternoon with winds from the south at 15-20 mph and higher gusts.  Behind the frontal passage, relative humidity in the Panhandle will drop into the teens in Cimarron County and climb into the 30% range moving into Beaver County.  Behind the frontal passage winds are anticipated to diminish and switch from the north-northwest.  The frontal passage and dry line is expected to push into the northwest ¼ of Oklahoma during the Saturday-Sunday time frame. 

The rest of Oklahoma should see cool temperatures, gusty south to southeast winds from 15-25 mph with relative humidity dropping to 35-45%.  Should conditions change from the forecast values or there is significant fire activity reported, an updated Fire Situation Report will be distributed.

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