The D.C. Department of Corrections Office of Communications will continue to respond to media inquiries, but it is disheartening when we take the time to be available for information, only to look in the paper the next morning to find incorrect information provided by other authorities.

Specifically, The Post's brief article ''Fire at Lorton'' {Jan. 23} quotes Fairfax County Fire and Rescue exclusively and extensively, despite the fact that I took the time to talk to a Post staff reporter.

For the record:

The small fire started at approximately 5:06 p.m. and was extinguished minutes later by D.C. Corrections staff;

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded immediately to the Central Facility;

Fire fighters were met by 12 armed D.C. correctional officers and a supervisor, representing the department's Emergency Response Team;

Despite reassurance that the institution was under control and the presence of the Emergency Response Team, Fairfax County fire fighters did not enter the Central Facility until 5:45 p.m.;

The roof of the Industries Building, around the smoke stack, was smoldering (to burn without a flame) when Fairfax County fire fighters entered;

Fire fighters responded to the smoldering;

At approximately 6:35 p.m. the smoldering had ceased.

There was no blaze to battle. Most important, there were no injuries, no escapes and no disturbances. D.C. corrections staff responded promptly and efficiently and met the evening's challenges.

I look forward to working with The Post staff in the future as we both strive to disseminate accurate information. PAT WHEELER Communications Officer D.C. Department of Corrections Washington