Fire Situation Report – August 21, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/20/12 thru 08/21/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: 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 08/20/12 thru 08/21/12

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. Some rainfall occurred overnight in western Oklahoma and is still on-going at the time of this report posting. No requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.

Fire danger today will be highest north of a rough line from Osage County to Sequoyah County. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 15-20% range in this area. South to southeast winds are forecast to be generally light from 5 mph gusting up to 15 mph in Osage County. Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 80s to low 90 degree range. Much of this area has not received any moisture for a substantial length of time. Any fire that starts today in and near this area has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be in areas where the winds and terrain align.

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