Fire Situation Report – July 13, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/12/12 thru 07/13/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 30 acres (Cause: - 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 0712/12 thru 07/13/12

No wildfires reported on the system for Thursday.

** - 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:
Today: Fire Danger today will remain moderate across Oklahoma. Winds will be similar to yesterday conditions with 5 -10 mph out of the South. Relative humidity will range from 15 to 35 percent across Oklahoma. Temperatures will range from 95-98 degrees across Oklahoma. No perception forecasted for today.

Weekend Outlook: Fire Danger will remain moderate across Oklahoma. Winds will be increasing on Sunday with Gusts to 25 mph and sustained Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Relative humidity will remain moderate for this time of year 20- 40 percent. There will be a twenty percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday in Southern Oklahoma.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: No fire control problems are anticipated for today or this weekend. Fires will primarily be terrain driven and will exhibit rapid uphill runs, especially where terrain and winds align. Recent moisture received in Southeast Oklahoma has reduced drought conditions from Extreme to severe conditions in McCurtain, LeFlore and Pushmataha Counties. Severe drought conditions still persist 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:

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