Fire Situation Report – July 12, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/11/12 thru 07/12/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 30 acres (Causes: - 1 Lightning; -1 Equipment)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Causes: - 1 Incendiary)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 40.1 acres (Causes: -3 Incendiary; - 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 0711/12 thru 07/12/12

Rex Smith Road Fire (Marshall County): Kingston Fire Department responded to a two-acre wildfire east of Kingston, Oklahoma. Nine firefighters suppressed the equipment (Welding) wildfire. No structures were damaged or threatened from the wildfire.

** - 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: There will be slight increase in Fire Danger today across Oklahoma with higher temperatures and lower Relative Humidity. Winds will remain light with an Easterly general direction sustained at 2-8 mph. Winds will be shifting this evening to a more Southerly direction. Relative humidity is expected to range from the teens in the Northwest to thirty-percent in the Southeast. Temperatures will range from 95-98 degrees across Oklahoma. Isolated thunderstorms are expected across twenty-percent of Southern Oklahoma.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: No fire control problems are anticipated for today. Extreme drought conditions still exist in Southeast Oklahoma (McCurtain, LeFlore and Pushmataha Counties). Severe drought conditions have developed in East central portion of Oklahoma (Okmulgee, Muskogee and McIntosh Counties).

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Check with local fire department prior to any Outdoor burning. Any fire started could easily escape control and threaten lives and property.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Adair, Blaine, Beaver, Creek, Comanche, Custer, Dewey, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Seminole, Sequoyah, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner and Woodward. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current Burn Ban information: 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: Brian Hall Staff Protection Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services