Fire Situation Report – July 16, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/13/12 thru 07/16/12

NE Area – 5 fires burned 9.1 acres (Cause: - 2 Incendiary, - 2 Equipment, -1 Debris)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 17 acres (Cause: - 1 Debris, - 1 Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 11 acres (Cause: - 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 0713/12 thru 07/16/12

No wildfires reported on the system.

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area over the weekend.

Today: The highest fire danger today will be seen west of a line from Kay County to Jefferson County. In and near this area, expect wind guest up to 20 mph and sustained south winds at 10 to 15. Relative humidity will range from 21 to 31 percent with moderate recovery at night and temperatures 95 to 98 degrees.

Outside this area, fire danger today will be moderate with expected light South winds ranging from 5 – 9mph. Relative humidity will range from 42 -45 percent with good recovery at night. Temperatures will be in the mid 90’s throughout the Eastern range of Oklahoma. There is a twenty-percent chance of precipitation in the afternoon.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Severe drought conditions persist in Southeast Oklahoma in portions of McCurtain, LeFlore and Pushmataha Counties. Severe drought conditions still persist in East central portion of Oklahoma (Okmulgee, Creek, Wagoner, Adair, Okfuskee, Muskogee and McIntosh Counties).

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today in Central and Western portions of the State. In this area, today’s conditions may allow any fire started to easily escape control.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Adair, Blaine, Beaver, Craig, 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