Fire Situation Report - August 14

Fire Situation Report – August 14, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/13/12 thru 08/14/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 15.5 acres (Causes: 1-Lightning; 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 4 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-Camp Fire)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 23.1 acres (Causes: 4-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 008/13/12 thru 08/14/12

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

Spring Creek (Creek County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched an Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter with a 660-gallon bucket, two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor in support of the Drumright Fire Department on a wildfire that occurred five miles southeast of Drumright. The fire burned 150 acres with numerous homes threatened.

The highest fire danger today is expected to be seen south of a line from Beckham County to Love County. Any fire starting today will burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. The highest fire spread rate will be in areas where terrain and winds align. Wildland fuels in this area are extremely dry, especially in Tillman County and Cotton County. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees and above with relative humidity readings expected in the 20-25% range. Winds are forecast to be southeast from 5-10 mph with gust 20 mph and above.

Tomorrow has the potential to be a significant day in regards to fire activity. The main area of concern has expanded from to include the area roughly from south of US 412 and west of Interstate 35. The current weather forecast calls for strong southerly winds from 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph, temperatures in the upper 90s to low 100s and relative humidity dipping into the 20-25% range. Should the current forecast hold true or deteriorate to Red Flag Warning criteria, any fire that starts in and near this area has the potential to easily escape normal initial attack efforts.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: County Wildland Task Forces should prepare for possible mobilization tomorrow.

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