Fire Situation Report – September 29, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 29, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/28/11 thru 09/29/11

NE Area – 3 fires burned 21.5 (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 6 acres (Cause: Equipment)

* - 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 09/28/11 thru 09/29/11

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 very high today across the state. The highest fire danger will be north of a line from Cotton County to Adair County. Winds behind a frontal passage are expected to be northerly sustained from 15-25 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper-teens to mid-20% range behind the front, with low teens to 20% range ahead of the front. Temperatures are expected reach into the 90s over most of the state before the frontal passage and drop slightly behind the front.

Any fire that starts today in dry, continuous fuels will be resistant to control and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread. Erratic fire behavior and short to mid-range spotting will be common.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today, especially north of the line from Cotton County to Adair County. Make sure that any burning done yesterday is dead out and secure. Very dry wildland fuel conditions, low relative humidity and strong, gusty winds later today may allow any fire to easily escape control.

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:

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