Fire Situation Report - August 17

Fire Situation Report – August 17, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/16/12 thru 08/17/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 6 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 10 acres (Cause: Lightning)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: Debris Burning)

* 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 08/16/12 thru 08/17/12

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. One request for State assistance was received yesterday from outside of the Protection Area:

Honey Springs (McIntosh County) - Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on a wildfire that occurred two miles northeast of Rentiesville. Two hundred acres burned as a result of this fire. Several residences were threatened as a result of this fire that burned 200 acres. No report has been received on the cause of the fire.

Fire danger today and this weekend will range from high to very high across Oklahoma. A slight chance of rainfall across the state will continue throughout the weekend. Temperatures are forecast to range from the mid-80s to 90 degrees today through Sunday with relative humidity expected in the 30-40% statewide. Winds are forecast to be generally east-southeast from 10-15 mph with higher gusts. In areas that have not experienced rainfall in the last few days, any fire that starts today or through the weekend has the potential to burn intensely with moderate to 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