Fire Situation Report – August 30, 2012


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/29/12 thru 08/30/12

NE Area – 0 fires

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 08/29/12 thru 08/30/12

No wildfires reported during the reporting period.

** - 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 remained light throughout the state yesterday. One request for state assistance from outside of the Protection Area was received. The Forestry Services’ Southeast Area sent one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine with two firefighters to assist the Idabel Fire Department in McCurtain County with the extinguishment of an incendiary-caused fire that burned two acres near Idabel.

Fire danger today will be very high to extreme west of a rough line from Kay County to Cotton County with near-Red Flag Warning conditions are expected in Cimarron County. In and near this area the relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper single digits to 20% with southeast winds from 10-15 mph with gusts near and above 20 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid-90 degree range.

Any fire starting this afternoon in and near this area has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Also expect erratic fire behavior with short to mid-range spotting.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban remains 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