Fire Situation Report – September 27, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 27, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/26/11 thru 09/27/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fire burned 75 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 1.5 acres (Causes: 2-Escaped Debris Burn)

* - 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 09/26/11 thru 09/27/11

No fires 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 number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma. 

Statewide Discussion:  One request for assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Slash Creek #3 (Choctaw County) – The Boswell Fire Department requested Forestry Services assistance for the second day on a new incendiary-caused fire that occurred five miles southwest of Boswell. Four Forestry Services firefighters from the SE Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines, two Type 6 Engines and two Dozers from the Choctaw Nation and fifteen rural Fire Departments were involved suppressing this wildfire that burned 86 acres in a heavily timbered area.

Fire danger will be high to very high across Oklahoma today.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-30% range.  Across the State winds are forecast to be light from the northeast.  Temperatures are expected to climb into the 80-90 degree range. 

Fire danger will be very high tomorrow across the state as relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-teens to mid-20% range.  Temperatures are expected reach into the 90s over most of the state.  Also, in advance of an approaching cold front winds will generally be westerly at 10-15 mph.  After the frontal passage winds will be variable in direction and primarily be out of the north.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Wildland fuels remain critically dry over the majority of the state.  The green up of grassy fuels in areas that have received rainfall last week is temporary.  The rainfall has done little to ease the drought or make a difference in the moisture content of heavier wildland fuels.  Be very cautious if attempting any type of outdoor burning.  Make sure to have control lines constructed down to mineral soil and water on hand to minimize a fire from escaping your control.     

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 61 counties until 1:00 p.m. today.  At that time, the Governor’s Ban will be lifted for all but 28 counties.  Numerous County Burn Bans will take effect upon the lifting of the Governor’s Burn Ban.  For current Burn Ban information 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