Fire Situation Report – August 15, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/14/12 thru 08/15/12       

NE Area – 2 fires burned 4 acres (Causes: 1-Electrical; 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fires burned 0.1 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

* 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 008/14/12 thru 08/15/12

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 attack continued to be light across Oklahoma yesterday.  State assistance was provided on one wildfire outside of the Protection Area:

Bowlegs (Seminole County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched one Single Engine Air Tanker and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor in support of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on a wildfire that occurred six miles southeast of Bowlegs.  The fire has burned 60 acres at the time of this report.  Numerous homes remain threatened by this fire.

The highest fire danger today will be in the counties bordering the I-40 corridor from Oklahoma City to the Texas border.  Little to no rainfall fell in this area yesterday.  Wildland fuels in this area are extremely dry.  Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s with relative humidity readings expected in the 20-25% range.  Winds are forecast to be southerly from 15-20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.    

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  Scattered, light rain showers late yesterday has mitigated fire danger in many areas of Oklahoma for the short term.  However, herbaceous and woody vegetation will likely show very little response to the moisture received.  Be prepared that any wildfire that starts in the next few days has the potential to burn with surprising intensely and rapid rates of spread.

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:

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 Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services