Fire Situation Report – August 2, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/01/12 thru 08/02/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 2 fires burned 12 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 62 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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: Initial attack was moderate yesterday. State assistance was provided on four incidents outside of the Protection Area:

Fay (Blaine/Dewey County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook equipped with a 1,320-gallon bucket was dispatched yesterday afternoon to assist the on a wildfire that burned six miles north of Fay. The cause of the wildfire has been reported to have started by a railroad train. The fire burned 300 acres and threatened numerous homes. Several fire departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were committed to this incident. No homes or structures have been reported as lost to the fire.

Stillwater (Payne County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk equipped with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched yesterday afternoon to assist the Stillwater Fire Department. This wildfire burned approximately four miles east of Stillwater. An estimated 1,200 acres had burned at the time of the request for assistance. The final acreage burned and cause of this wildfire has not been received at the time of this report. Several unoccupied structures were reported as lost to the fire.

Keefeton (Muskogee County) – Two units (two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines) with four firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Northeast Area were dispatched to assist the Keefeton Fire Department. This incendiary-caused wildfire burned 50 acres three miles east of Keefeton.

Vivian (McIntosh County) – One unit (one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine) with two firefighters from the Forestry Services’ East Central Area assisted the Vivian Fire Department with this wildfire that occurred three miles southwest of Eufaula. Several fire departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs also assisted with the suppression of this incident. This incendiary-caused wildfire burned 50 acres.

Fire danger today will be very high to extreme across the majority of Oklahoma. The most critical fire weather in will be seen in southwest Oklahoma roughly south of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35. Across the state afternoon relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper single digits to low-teens with sustained southerly winds from 10-20 mph with gusts above 20 mph in southwest Oklahoma. Temperatures will top 110 degrees in most of the state today. Expect any fire that starts to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and exhibit erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Wildfires have been spotting up to ¼-mile over the past several days with conditions that are similar to today’s forecasted weather. If possible, dedicate a few Type 6 Engines to monitor for and suppress spot fires outside of control lines.

Numerous County Burn Bans are in effect. For the most current information on Burn Bans 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