Fire Situation Report – September 26, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 26, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/23/11 thru 09/26/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 2 fires burned 6 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 195.2 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Camp Fire; 1-Equipment)

One large fire reported in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Fobb Ridge 2 (McCurtain County) – This wildfire occurred six miles south of Adel on Sunday.  Six Forestry Services firefighters equipped with three Type 3 dozers and three Type 6 Engines extinguished this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 190 acres.

* - 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.  Large fires are defined as having burned over 100 acres in timbered areas or 300 acres in grass fuels.

STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 09/01/11 thru 09/26/11

-          6 wildfires reported that have burned 1,045.5 acres

-          Largest fire reported occurred on 09/14/11 near Erick and burned 1,000 acres

** - 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 number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma. 

Statewide Discussion:  Three requests for assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Slash Creek (Choctaw County) – Three Forestry Services Units from the SE Area were dispatched at the request of the Boswell Fire Department (BFD) to assist with a series of incendiary fires that occurred six miles southwest of Boswell.  While the BFD attended to other fires, six Forestry Services firefighters extinguished this wildfire that burned 188 acres.

Slash Creek 2 (Choctaw County) – Two Forestry Services firefighters from the SE Area equipped with one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine extinguished this wildfire that burned 50 acres.  This incident was one of several incendiary-caused wildfires that occurred on Saturday six miles southwest of Boswell.

Timber Hill (Comanche County) – Two heavy airtankers were dispatched to provide aerial suppression assistance to the US Fish & Wildlife Service on a wildfire that started on Sunday afternoon in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and is reported to have burned approximately 1,000 acres.  No further information has been received at the time of this report.

Fire danger will moderate to high across Oklahoma today.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-30% range across the State with light easterly winds.  The primary influences on fire behavior today will be the relative humidity and dry wildland fuels where little precipitation has occurred over the last several days.  Any fire that starts where terrain and winds align has the potential to burn intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread.

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 61 counties.  One County Burn Ban is in effect for Muskogee County.  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