Fire Situation Report - August 16

Fire Situation Report – August 16, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/15/12 thru 08/16/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 11 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 008/15/12 thru 08/16/12

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. No requests for State assistance were received yesterday from outside of the Protection Area:

Fire danger today will range from high to very high across Oklahoma. Rainfall is expected to be received in many areas as a result of an approaching cold front. However, wildland fuels across the state remain extremely dry and any fire that starts in an area not impacted by rainfall has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Winds behind the cold front are northerly 15-25 mph with gusts from 25-30 mph. Relative humidity today is expected to drop into the 30-40% range with temperatures reaching 80-85 behind the front and upper 90s to 100 degrees ahead of the front.

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