Fire Situation Report – August 23, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/22/12 thru 08/23/12

NE Area – 3 fires burned 35 acres (Causes: 2-Electrical; 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

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 08/22/12 thru 08/23/12

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: Three requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday. Two requests were cancelled by the Incident Commander prior to aviation resources arrival on-scene.

East Draper (Cleveland County) – Two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor were dispatched to assist the Norman Fire Department on this wildfire that occurred approximately one mile southeast of Draper Lake. Numerous structures were threatened but none lost to this fire that burned an estimated 150 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire danger today will be highest in north central and northeast Oklahoma, north of a rough line from Kay County to Okfuskee County to Delaware County. Southerly winds are forecast from 15-20 mph with gusts from 25-35 mph possible. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 15-20% range over most of this area. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid- to upper 90s.

In addition, a Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service from Noon to 9 p.m. today for the following counties: Pawnee, Osage, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. In and near this area expect sustained south winds at 15-20 mph with gusts from 25-35 mph. Relative humidity is expected in the 15-20% range with temperatures in the upper 90s. Any fire that starts today in and near this area has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread. For more information on the Red Flag Warning, click on the following link to the National Weather Service’s Tulsa Forecast Office:

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Much of the area in the covered by the Red Flag Warning has seen little or no rainfall in the last several days and longer. Wildland fuels in this area are critically dry. If a fire starts today in and near this area, expected high resistance to control, rapid spread rates and erratic fire behavior. Spotting distances of up to ¼ - ½ mile have been experienced in this area recently under similar conditions.

If engaged in fire suppression today, the highest probability of success will be a combination of direct attack at the rear and flanks of the fire where possible with indirect attack at the head of the fire. Be sure to establish a strong anchor point when beginning firefighting efforts to prevent the fire from backing around your line and possibly outflanking you as a new head fire is established.

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