Fire Situation Report – August 1, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/31/12 thru 08/01/12       

NE Area – 2 fires burned 13 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Electric)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 25 acres (Cause: Equipment)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 102 acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-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 07/31/12 thru 08/01/12 

No wildfires were reported for Tuesday

** - 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 Comanche County, 3 miles West of Elgin. Specific information about the wildfire was not available at the time of this report.

Oklahoma Forestry Services’ committed one (1) Type 3 Dozer and one (1) Type 6 Engine on a 25-acre wildfire outside the protection area.  The wildfire was located in Pittsburg County, one (1) mile southeast of Crowder, Oklahoma. 

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 is expected 12% to 23%. Sustained West/Southwest winds will prevail throughout Oklahoma ranging from 3 mph to 11 mph.  Wind gust are expected to around 15 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:

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