Fire Situation Report – July 30, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/27/12 thru 07/30/12       

NE Area – 6 fires burned 88.1 acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 2-Lightning, 1-Electrical, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 6 fires burned 98.3 acres (Cause: 3-Lightning, 1- Equipment, 2-Incediary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 6 acres (Cause: 1-Lightning, 1-Incediary)

·          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 07/27/12 thru 07/30/12 

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:

Numerous fires occurred yesterday outside of the Protection Area. These fires were suppressed by the fire departments having jurisdiction, assisted by mutual-aid resources. Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopters were assisted with three (3) wildfires in Comanche, Lincoln and Pottawatomie Counties.   A Type 2 contracted BIA helicopter assisted with a 1,500 acre wildfire in Seminole County.

Morse Fire (Okfuskee County) - Oklahoma Forestry Services’ committed two (2) Type 3 Dozers and two (2) Type 6 Engines. This 350 acre wildfire threatened seven (7) residents and burned eight (8) outbuildings. 

Indiahoma Fire (Comanche County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ have been engaged on this wildfire since Thursday (7-26) with Two (2) Type 3 Dozers, two (2) Type 6 engines, Operational Specialist in an OHP aircraft.  Oklahoma National Guard helicopter assisted yesterday with suppression efforts on the Northeastern section of the wildfire.  Currently, this wildfire is contained and resources are patrolling control lines and mopping up hot spots. OFS and National Guard helicopter have been demob from the incident. This wildfire reached 28,500 acres. In previous situation report this wildfire was referred as: Townley Road Fire.

Today:  Fire Danger rating is Very High across Oklahoma.  Weather conditions will remain critical for the today with temperatures from 106 degrees to 110 degrees and relative humidity being 12% to 24%.  Southwest sustained winds will prevail throughout Oklahoma ranging from 8 mph to 19 mph.  Wind gust are expected to be around 20 mph.

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 today due to the strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity that is forecast for this afternoon. Today’s conditions may allow any fire started to easily escape control. 

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:

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