Fire Situation Report - August 13

Fire Situation Report – August 13, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/10/12 thru 08/13/12

NE Area – 3 fires burned 484 acres (Causes: 1-Electrical; 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 5 fires burned 17.2 acres (Causes: 3-Lightning; 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 1.2 acres (Causes: 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Campfire; 1-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.

Two large fires occurred in the Forestry Services’ Protection Area during the reporting period:

Goldmine (Adair County) – Ten Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters from the Northeast Area equipped with five Type 3 Dozers and five Type 6 Engines extinguished this wildfire on Friday. The fire burned 300 acres five miles northeast of Marble City.

Horn (Adair County) – On Sunday, four firefighters from the Northeast Area extinguished this wildfire that burned four miles west of Stilwell. Two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines were committed to this incident.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 008/10/12 thru 08/13/12

No wildfires reported during the reporting period.

** - 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 moderate across Oklahoma during the reporting period. Beneficial, wetting rains fell across various locations in southeast Oklahoma yesterday evening. Below is a brief synopsis of wildfires that received state assistance during the reporting period:

Wellston (Lincoln County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched one Oklahoma Army National Guard bucket-equipped helicopter and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor to assist with this wildfire that occurred on Friday three miles southeast of Wellston. Numerous fire departments were committed to this incident that burned 90 acres. The cause of the fire has not been received.

Sandstone (Osage County) – The Bureau of Indian Affairs and several fire departments were committed to this wildfire that burned 90 acres near Pawhuska on Friday. Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor in support of the BIA. The cause of the fire has not been received at the time of this report.

Pernell (Garvin County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched an Oklahoma Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with a 1,320 gallon bucket to assist the Pernell Fire Department with this wildfire that burned 600 acres near Foster on Friday.

Tabletop (Garvin County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services committed two Type 2 dozers, two Type 6 Engines, five firefighting personnel, one Oklahoma Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook with a 1,320 gallon bucket, two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor in support of the Pernell Fire Department with this wildfire that burned two miles west and three miles north of Foster. Numerous fire departments and county equipment were committed to this incident that burned 700 acres. Numerous structures were threatened. The fire was listed as controlled early this morning.

Calumet (Osage County) – The Bureau of Indian Affairs and several fire departments suppressed this wildfire that burned on Sunday near Pawhuska. Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor in support of this effort. The fire burned 350 acres with numerous homes threatened.

Fire Danger today will be high to very high across the state. Temperatures are expected to range from the upper 90s to near 105 degrees. Relative humidity expected to drop into the 20-25% range with northerly winds from 10-15 gusting to above 20 mph. Any fire starting today will burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Wednesday may be the next significant day in regards to fire activity. The main area of concern will be the area south of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35. High winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity ahead of a cold front have the potential to lead to large fire growth.

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 Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services