Fire Situation Report – September 6, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/05/12 thru 09/06/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Equipment)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 57.8 acres (Causes: 3-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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 09/05/12 thru 09/06/12

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 yesterday from outside of the Protection Area. Widely scattered storms occurred throughout the state yesterday and through the evening hours. Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees over the last several days and lack of moisture in the majority of the state has caused live herbaceous and grassy fuels to cure to the point they will sustain combustion.

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 southerly, sustained at 5-10 mph with gusts near 20 mph in many locations of the state. Thunderstorms are again possible today and tonight.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Lightning from yesterday’s thunderstorms brings an increased chance of new fires today. The highest threat will be in areas that received little if any moisture with the storms. Heavy wildland fuels remain critically dry, and if ignited by a lightning strike allows for a wildfire start when the surrounding light grassy fuels dry out to the point they will sustain combustion. Increasing winds today will allow for any fire that starts to have moderate to rapid rates of spread.

The threat of thunderstorm exists again today. Any fire burning in the vicinity of these storms may experience erratic fire behavior and a sudden increase in fire spread rate due to downdraft winds. Some of yesterday’s storms produced wind gusts near 70 mph. For firefighter safety purposes, post lookouts and/or pay close attention to rapidly changing 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