Fire Situation Report – September 7, 2011
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/06/11 thru 09/07/11
NE Area – 2 fires burned 4.5 acres (Causes: 1-Equipment; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)
EC Area – 0 fires
SE Area – 2 fires burned 25.5 acres (Causes: 2-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.
Statewide Discussion: Initial attack was light yesterday across the state. One large fire is on-going in the Protection Area at the time of this report. One request for State assistance was received yesterday and one large fire is on-going outside of the Protection Area:
Ferguson (Comanche County) – A National Type 1 Incident Management Team (McGowan) is in place and managing the incident for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Several structures have been destroyed. Structures and communities remain threatened and evacuations are in effect. Approximately 39,000 acres have burned and the fire is 60% contained as of yesterday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. For more information on this incident, click on the following link for InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2582/
Messer (Choctaw County) – Six firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with three Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines assisted the Messer Fire Department in control of this fire that burned 60 acres in steep, forested terrain. This incendiary-caused wildfire occurred east of Messer near Hugo Lake.
Fire Danger will be highest generally south of a line from Beckham County to LeFlore County. Relative humidity is forecast to range from the low teens to mid-20%. Winds will be northerly, sustained at 5-10 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 80s. Wildland fuels remain critically dry in the majority of Oklahoma. Any fire that starts today will burn very intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread. If a fire starts where wind and terrain align, expect rapid rates of spread. Short to mid-range spotting is possible with today’s fire weather.
A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 61 counties. Several County Burn Bans are in effect. 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
Posted on Wed, September 7, 2011
by Forest Management filed under