Fire Situation Report – August 3, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/03/12 thru 08/03/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: 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 across Oklahoma yesterday. Aviation support assistance was requested on two wildfires outside of the Protection Area: one eleven miles east of Drumright and the other approximately eight miles east of Waurika. However the requests were too late in the evening for aerial resources to be dispatched. Another wildfire outside of the Protection Area is on-going:

Spur (Blaine County) – Numerous fire departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are committed to this incident that is on-going approximately two miles of Geary. The town of Geary and numerous homes are threatened. One home has been reported as lost to the fire. Evacuations occurred overnight and are still in effect at the time of this report. Oklahoma Forestry Services has dispatched two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 2 Dozers, four Type 6 Engines with associated overhead personnel to assist. A Forestry Services Operations Specialist aboard an Oklahoma Highway Patrol aircraft will provide suppression guidance throughout the day. The fire has burned actively throughout the night. An estimated 500 acres had burned as of 6:00 a.m. this morning.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the following counties: Kay, Garfield, Noble, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Coal, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Love, and Marshall. In and near this area expect relative humidity to drop into the 10-15% range, temperatures from 105-113 degrees, and south to southwest winds from 15-25 mph.In addition, a Fire Weather Watch is in effect Saturday morning thru Saturday evening for the following counties: Kay, Garfield, Noble, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Coal, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Love, and Marshall.
SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Expect any fire that starts today thru the weekend to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior. Spotting distances from ¼ to ½ mile are possible. The weather conditions and fire behavior experienced on wildfires over the past few days have been abnormal. Avoid “normal” fire suppression tactics, such as frontal assault on the head of the fire. During these conditions it is imperative to establish an anchor point when beginning fire suppression, work from the anchor point and completely extinguish the flanks of the fire while working toward the head of the fire. Look for favorable changes in fuels and/or terrain where fire behavior at the head of the fire will diminish enough to allow control.
SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged where allowed. Wildland fuels are critically dry across the majority of Oklahoma. Any fire started can easily escape control under this weekend’s forecast fire weather. Numerous County Burn Bans are in currently 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