Fire Situation Report – September 28, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 28, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/27/11 thru 09/28/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 3 fires burned 2 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

* - 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 09/27/11 thru 09/28/11

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 acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: No requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Fire danger will be high to very high today 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. Southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 10-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph. Starting in the Panhandle late this afternoon and working through the state overnight and into tomorrow, an approaching cold front will cause winds to begin to shift to a northerly direction. Tomorrow a dry cold front will cross the state with a slight increase in wind speed.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Be very cautious if attempting any type of outdoor burning today or tomorrow. Very dry wildland fuel conditions, low relative humidity and a wind shift late in the day may allow fires to easily escape your control. Make sure to have control lines constructed down to mineral soil and water on hand to minimize starting a wildfire.

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 28 counties and County Burn Bans are in effect for several others. 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