Fire Situation Report – September 19, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 19, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/16/11 thru 09/19/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 35 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Lightning)

* 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:  Rainfall and cooler temperatures lessened fire danger in many areas of Oklahoma during the reporting period.  One request for aerial suppression assistance was received yesterday for a wildfire in the Arbuckle Mountains; however no aircraft were available at the time of the request.  No information has been received on the fire’s size or cause.

Fire danger today will be highest west of a rough line from Harper County to Love County.  Moisture in this area over the last few days has been very light at best, with only a couple of Mesonet stations recording significant rainfall amounts.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to low twenty percent range.  Winds will be generally from the north-northeast sustained at 5-10 mph with higher gusts.  Temperatures are forecast to be mild.  Any fire that starts in this area will burn with surprising intensity, primarily due to the exceptionally dry fuels.  Where wind and terrain align, expect moderate to rapid rates of spread.

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:

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