Fire Situation Report – August 8, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 4 fire burned 21.6 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary)

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

SE Area – 2 fires burned 1.5 acres (Causes: 1-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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 008/07/12 thru 08/08/12

No wildfires reported yesterday

** - 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:   Initial was light across Oklahoma yesterday due to higher relative humidity and light winds.  Below is a brief synopsis of wildfires that were reported during the reporting period:

Freedom Hills (Creek County) – (Also reported as McNac Fire) An Oklahoma Forestry Services Type 2 Incident Management Team is in Unified Command with the Freedom Hill Fire Department.  Today’s planned actions are to secure the fire’s perimeter, and mop up around structures and reduce threats to escape.  The fire has burned 58,500 acres and is now 60% contained.

Noble (Cleveland County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook Helicopter equipped with a 1,320 gallon bucket was dispatched to assist the Little Axe Fire Department yesterday afternoon.  Prior to the aircraft’s arrival a thunderstorm moved over the fire area and dropped meager amounts of rain, but precluded the use of the aircraft to assist with suppression.  This fire has burned approximately 8,928 acres to date.  Numerous fire departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are committed to this wildfire.  Control operations planned for today are to continue line construction and mopping up hot spots.

Thomas Ranch (Comanche/Kiowa County) – Saddle Mountain Fire Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and numerous fire departments were committed to this fire that started last night six miles north of Meers on the Thomas Ranch.  Approximately 200 acres burned as a result of this lightning-caused fire.

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 gusting to near 15 mph.  Thunderstorms are possible today across the entire state.  Any fire starting today will burn very intensely with moderate rapid rates of spread, especially where terrain and winds align.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  Numerous lightning-caused fires are being reported across the state as a result of the widely scattered thunderstorms that have crossed the state over the last few days.  If a thunderstorm crosses your fire department’s jurisdiction be prepared for initial attack for the next few days after the storms passage.  In addition, if engaged on a wildfire where a thunderstorm is in the area, be prepared for possible strong downdrafts from the storm that could radically change the wind direction and the fire’s rate of spread and intensity.

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