Fire Situation Report – September 21, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/20/12 thru 09/21/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 6.0 acres (Cause: 2-incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 0.5 acre (Cause: 1-other)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 26 acres (Cause: 1-incendiary, 1-other)

· 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 09/20/12 thru 09/21/12

No wildfires reported during the reporting period.

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported their information on the Oklahoma Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: Fire danger today and this weekend will be high across Oklahoma. A slight chance of rainfall across the state will continue throughout the weekend. Temperatures are forecast to range from the low 80s to 90 degrees today through Sunday with relative humidity expected in the 20-27% statewide. Winds are forecast to be generally south to southwest for today. Saturday and Sunday winds are forecasted to be generally east to southeast. Wind speeds for this time period is forecast to range 7 to 10 mph with higher gusts on Saturday. In areas that have not experienced rainfall in the last few days, any fire that starts today or through the weekend has the potential to burn intensely with moderate rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: The Governor’s Burn Ban has changed to include only 55 counties in the State of Oklahoma. Tulsa and Delaware Counties have passed a Burn Ban Resolution. For information concerning this ban go to 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: Brian Hall, Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services