Fire Situation Report – September 28, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/27/12 thru 09/28/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 125 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

White Rock (McCurtain County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Southeast Area committed two Type 2 Dozers, one Type 6 Engine and three firefighters to suppress this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 125 acres six miles southeast of Idabel. Idabel, Redland, and Haworth Fire Departments provided assistance with the suppression of this fire.

* 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 09/27/12 thru 09/28/12

Fire Department wildfires statistics were not available at the time of this report.

** - 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: Substantial rainfall occurred over a large portion of Oklahoma yesterday. As a result, the number of counties under the Governor’s Burn Ban was reduced. Unfortunately the rainfall did not affect all counties and one request for State assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday. The Forestry Services’ Southeast Area dispatched one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine with two firefighters to assist the Idabel Fire Department with an incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 10 acres south of Idabel.

No fire control problems are expected anywhere in Oklahoma today or through the weekend. High relative humidity and light winds are expected through the weekend and will mitigate high fire danger.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for thirty-three counties and several County Burn Bans remain in effect. 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