Fire Situation Report – September 7, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/06/12 thru 09/07/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 1 fire burned 8 acres (Cause: Equipment)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 5 acres (Cause: Lightning)

* 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 09/06/12 thru 09/07/12

2 fires burned 16 acres (Causes: 2-Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Cedar Country FD and Roosevelt FD

** - 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.

Fire danger will be high to extreme across the state today. A strong cold front is expected push into the state today through this evening. As of 8:00 a.m. this morning the front has already crossed into Cimarron County with northwest winds from 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Winds behind the front today are expected to be from the northwest, sustained at 25-35 mph with gusts from 40-50 mph. The front is expected to reach the I-44 corridor late this afternoon into the early evening. Temperatures prior to the frontal arrival are expected to climb into the low 100 degree range and drop rapidly after the frontal passage. Relative humidity is prior to the frontal arrival is expected to be in the 20-30% range and will climb immediately after the frontal passage. Some areas may receive beneficial rains.

The fire danger tomorrow and Sunday will be moderate to high. Calm winds and cooler temperatures will help to moderate fire behavior for the next two days. Regardless, be extremely careful during any outdoor activity due to the very dry nature of the wildland fuels resulting from the extreme to exceptional drought conditions.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: If responding to a fire today prior to the frontal passage, establish a strong anchor point when beginning suppression operations. Make sure that the south and east flanks of the fire are mopped up and secure before moving out of the area to prevent the fire from escaping when the strong winds arrive.

As with any fire that is exhibiting resistance to control, take advantage of a favorable change in fuel, terrain, or weather to help gain control. The change in weather today is that the extreme winds following today’s frontal passage are expected to diminish rapidly after sunset. Be aware that in advance of the flaming front that the only safe suppression operation may be point protection. Continue to have resources work from the anchor point, going as direct as possible and plan to stop the head of the fire at the change in weather, terrain or fuel.

Use of suppression aircraft may not be possible today due to the strong winds and extreme gust spread.

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