Fire Situation Report – August 17, 2011

Fire Situation Report – August 17, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/16/11 thru 08/17/11

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 25 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burning) with four outbuildings lost with a total value of $20,000.

* 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.

Statewide Discussion: Light rainfall occurred across Oklahoma over the last 24 hours. Rainfall amounts were very minimal, with the highest totals received in Alfalfa County. Three requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Highway 30 (Beckham County) – Ten Forestry Services firefighters from the East Central and Southeast Areas equipped with dozers and Type 6 Engines arrived yesterday to assist local fire departments on this lightning-caused wildfire that has been burning since August 9th south of Erick near and on the Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol fixed-wing aircraft with a Forestry Services Operations Specialist provided strategic and tactical guidance for the ground resources yesterday afternoon. Containment lines were completed late yesterday evening. Today’s suppression activities include securing containment lines, mopping up hot spots, and monitoring fire activity. The fire has burned 1,385 acres in steep, broken terrain.

152 Complex (Caddo County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk equipped with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched to assist with a series of wildfires near Binger. Numerous fire departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were engaged in the suppression of these fires started by sparks from a vehicle pulling a trailer with a bare wheel rim. The largest of the fires, named the Stover Bros., was approximately 83 acres. One outbuilding was destroyed and one primary residence was damaged. This complex had twelve fires that burned a total of approximately 125 acres.

Atoka (Atoka County) – Two units (two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines) with four firefighters from the Forestry Services Southeast Area were requested by the Atoka County Sheriff’s Office to assist with this equipment-caused wildfire. Several fire departments were also engaged in the suppression of this fire that burned 80 acres thirteen miles north of Atoka.

Fire danger today will be highest generally south of Interstate 40. In and near this area relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-30% range with generally south winds sustained from 5-10 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 100 degree range.

In the remainder of Oklahoma, relative humidity is expected to range from 30-40% with generally east-southeast winds from 5-10 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are forecast to range from the upper 90s to low 100s.

Isolated thunderstorms and rain showers are possible today across the state. If a thunderstorm develops near an on-going wildfire, fire control personnel should be prepared for a sudden increase in fire activity or change in fire spread if the fire is influenced by thunderstorm winds or outflow boundaries.

A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. For the most current information on Burn 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