Fire Situation Report – August 9, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/08/12 thru 08/09/12

NE Area – 4 fires burned 12.2 acres (Causes: 3-Electrical; 1-Lightning)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 0.5 acres (Cause: Lightning)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 3.2 acres (Causes: 2-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 for Time Period 008/08/12 thru 08/09/12

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 was light across Oklahoma yesterday due to higher relative humidity and light winds. Scattered areas of beneficial, wetting rains fell southeast of a line from Cherokee County to Brian County. Below is a brief synopsis of wildfires that received state assistance yesterday:

Freedom Hills (Creek County) – (Also reported as McNac Fire) An Oklahoma Forestry Services Type 2 Incident Management Team is in Unified Command with the Freedom Hill Fire Department. No problems were experienced due to very strong winds associated with passing thunderstorms that impacted the fire area late in the day. Precipitation occurred over some of the fire area. The fire has burned 58,500 acres and is now 100% contained. Today’s planned actions are to patrol and monitor the fire’s perimeter, and mop up hot spots to reduce any threats of escape. Transfer of command to the local fire departments will occur at 10:00 pm this evening.

In addition, Forestry Services and County Wildland Task Forces responded to a new fire west of State Hwy 48 on State Hwy 16 near Shamrock. The firefighting resources were able to control the fire at three acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

970 Road Fire (Lincoln County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched two Single Engine Air Tankers, one Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopter and an Air Tactical Group Supervisor to assist numerous fire departments on this wildfire that burned 582 acres approximately six miles north of Prague. Numerous structures were threatened but none were reported as lost.

Fire Danger today will be highest today along the I-44 corridor from Comanche County to Tulsa County and then north to Washington County. Temperatures are expected to range from the upper 90s to near 105 degrees. Relative humidity expected to drop into the 20-25% range with northerly winds from 15-20 gusting to near 25 mph. Any fire starting in and near this area today will burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

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 Ariculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services