Fire Situation Report – September 25, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/24/12 thru 09/25/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 1.5 acres (Causes: 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Other)

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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 09/24/12 thru 09/25/12

No wildfires reported yesterday

** - 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: Initial attack was moderate across the state yesterday due to the Red Flag Warning conditions that occurred in western Oklahoma. One request for State assistance was received yesterday from Caddo County:

Hog Creek #2 (Caddo County) – A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched to assist the Anadarko Fire Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs with a wildfire that burned approximately 1,000 acres three miles southwest of Anadarko. State Highway 9 was closed for a short time yesterday afternoon. Numerous homes were threatened as a result of this incendiary-caused wildfire.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Tuesday, September 25th, from Noon to 7 p.m. for the following counties in southeast Oklahoma: Pushmataha, Choctaw, Pittsburg, Haskell, Latimer, and LeFlore. In and near this area tomorrow southwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph possible. Relative humidity is forecast to drop into the 20-25% range with temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s. Any fire starting today in cured, continuous fuels has potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

In the remainder of Oklahoma fire danger will be very high to extreme due to strong, gusty southwest winds in advance of an approaching cold front. The area of concern will be south of a line from Osage County to Jackson County. In and near this area winds are forecast to be from the south at 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Relative humidity is 25-35% range with temperatures ranging from 85-90 degrees.


SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban and several County Burn Bans remain in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. For information concerning this ban 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