Fire Situation Report – September 21, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 21, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/20/11 thru 09/21/11

NE Area – 1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: Downed Power Line)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 7 acres (Cause: 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:  Fire danger today will be high across the majority of Oklahoma, especially in areas that did not receive significant rainfall in the last several days.  Dry air in place will allow afternoon relative humidity to drop into the 20% to 30% range.  Northeast winds are expected to be sustained from 5-10 mph with higher gusts, especially in western Oklahoma.  Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 70s to mid-80s.  Some light rainfall is expected across the state tonight through tomorrow which will help to mitigate fire danger for a short period of time.

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