Fire Situation Report – July 31, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/30/12 thru 07/31/12       

NE Area – 5 fires burned 60 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 07/30/12 thru 07/31/12 

No wildfires were reported for Thursday

** - 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:

An Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopter assisted local fire departments with a wildfire in Payne County (East of Stillwater). The wildfire is estimated to be larger than 1,000 acres and several residents were lost.

Indiahoma Fire (Comanche County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Operational Specialist in an OHP aircraft and area fire departments continue patrolling control lines and mopping up hot spots.   The current fire size is 28,800 acres. The fire was formerly named: Townley Road.

Today:  Fire Danger rating is Very High across Oklahoma.  Weather conditions will remain critical for the today with temperatures from 105 degrees to 111 degrees and relative humidity being 14% to 23%. Sustained South winds will prevail throughout Oklahoma ranging from 7 mph to 11 mph.   Extreme Heat Warnings have been issued for the Northeast section of the State, and Heat advisory has been issued for the remaining portion of the state.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  Any fire that starts today has the potential to burn very intensely and exhibit moderate to rapid rates of spread. Any fire that starts where terrain and wind align will exhibit rapid upslope runs. Short range spotting in advance of the fire’s head will be possible this afternoon.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged until weather and fuel conditions improve.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for several Oklahoma Counties. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current Burn Ban information:  http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line:  1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by:  Brian Hall Staff Protection Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services