Fire Situation Report – August 7, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/06/12 thru 08/07/12       

NE Area – 1 fire burned 9 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 39 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 24.6 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary, 3-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.

Statewide Discussion:   Initial was moderate across Oklahoma yesterday.  Below is a brief synopsis of wildfires that occurred during the reporting period:

Freedom Hills (Creek County) – (Also reported as McNac Fire) Oklahoma Forestry Services Type 2 Incident Management Team is in Unified Command with Tulsa Fire Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Freedom Hill Fire Department.  Residents have been allowed to return to the area.  State Hwy 48 and State Hwy 33 have been opened to public vehicle traffic.  Today’s planned actions are to complete line construction, secure the fire’s perimeter, and mop up around structures and reduce threats to escape. 

Drumright (Creek County) – A Bureau of Indian Affairs Type 2 Helicopter and other fire suppression personal assisted the Drumright Fire Department with this on-going incident that has burned 6,493 acres.  No report has been received as to the cause of the fire.

Yale (Payne County) - Oklahoma Army National Guard bucket-equipped helicopters assisted the Yale Fire Department with this on-going incident.  No report has been received as to the cause or the acres burned.

Cushing (Payne County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard Chinook helicopter equipped with a 1,320 gallon bucket was dispatched to assist the Cushing Fire Department that burned approximately 6,493 acres approximately one mile northeast of the Cushing.  No report has been received on the cause or number of structures lost.

Chouteau (Mayes County) – Two Oklahoma Forestry Services Type 3 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines with four firefighters were dispatched yesterday afternoon to assist the Chouteau Fire Department with a wildfire that occurred five miles southwest of Chouteau.  The fire burned thirty acres and the cause has been listed as incendiary.

Love (Pittsburg County) – Forestry Services dispatched three firefighters, one Type 6 Engine and one Type 3 Dozer to assist on 1,000 acre, incendiary-caused wildfire that occurred six miles northwest of McAlester.  Numerous fire departments were committed to the control of this incident.

Numerous other significant fires occurred during the reporting period.  However, specific details concerning these incidents have not been received.

Fire Danger today will be high to very high across Oklahoma.  Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees and above.  Relative humidity expected to drop into the 15-20% range with light and variable winds.  Any fire starting today will burn very intensely with moderate rapid rates of spread, especially where terrain and winds align.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma.  For information concerning this ban click on the following link:

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:  Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Ariculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services