Fire Situation Report – September 24, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/21/12 thru 09/24/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 3 fires burned 8.5 acre (Cause: 2-incendiary, 1-debris)

SE Area – 8 fires burned 213 acres (Cause: 3-incendiary, 3-debris, 2-equipment)

· 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 for Time Period 09/21/12 thru 09/24/12

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:
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the following counties: Harper, Ellis Woodward, Roger Mills, Beckham, Jackson, Garfield, Noble, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Love, Washington, Tulsa, Okmulgee, Creek, Okfuskee, Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Dewey and Marshall. In and near this area expect relative humidity to drop into the 17 to 25 percent range, temperatures from 95 to 97 degrees, and south to southwest winds from 18 to 22 mph with expected gust of 31 mph.

In addition, a Fire Weather Watch is in effect today for the following counties: Rogers, Wagoner, Muskogee, McIntosh, Pittsburg, Haskell, Le Flore, Pushmataha, and Choctaw. In and near this area expect relative humidity to be 26 to 30 percent range, temperatures from 92 to 94 degrees, and south to southwest winds from 14 to 20 mph with expected gust of 27 mph.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Expect any fire that starts today to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior. During these conditions it is imperative to establish an anchor point when beginning fire suppression, work from the anchor point and completely extinguish the flanks of the fire while working toward the head of the fire. Look for favorable changes in fuels and/or terrain where fire behavior at the head of the fire will diminish enough to allow control.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged where allowed. Wildland fuels are dry across the majority of Oklahoma. Any fire started can easily escape control under today’s forecast fire weather. 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:

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