Fire Situation Report – September 5, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/04/12 thru 09/05/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 42 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Electrical)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 5 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 45.1 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Lightning; 1-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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 09/04/12 thru 09/05/12

1 fires burned 25 acres (Cause: Equipment) Reporting Department(s): Kingston Fire Department

** - 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 yesterday from outside of the Protection Area. The northwest quarter of Oklahoma received some moisture overnight.

Fire danger will be moderate to high across the state today. Temperatures today across the state are forecast to be in the mid-90s to low 100 degree range with relative humidity in the 20-30% range. Winds will be light statewide, with south winds ahead of a weak cold front and northerly winds behind the front. Some thunderstorms are possible today and tonight.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fire spread rates today will generally be limited by the light winds. However, any fire burning in the area of an approaching thunderstorm may experience erratic fire behavior and a sudden increase in fire spread rate due to downdraft winds. Post lookouts and/or pay close attention to weather conditions to provide an advanced warning of approaching storms while engaged in fire suppression operations today through tonight.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. 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