Fire Situation Report – July 17, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/16/12 thru 07/17/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 4 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 07/16/12 thru 07/17/12

Kingston Fire Department (Marshall County) reported of suppressing two (2) wildfires that burned four (4) acres. The cause of the wildfires was Incendiary. No structures were damaged or threatened.

** - 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: An increase in Fire danger today throughout Oklahoma, especially in the Southwest region (Kiowa, Comanche, Cotton, Tillman, Jackson, Harmon Counties) of the state. Temperatures are expected to be near triple digits throughout most of the state. South winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 13 mph – 15 mph, and with guest up to 23 mph in the Southwest region. Relative Humidity is predicted to stay above 20 percent throughout Oklahoma with higher relative humidity in the Southeast portion of the state (32 percent). There is a 20 percent chance of afternoon precipitation in the panhandle.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fires starting today will burn very intensely. Expect moderate to rapid rates of spread if a fire starts in an area where terrain and winds align. Severe drought conditions persist in Southeast Oklahoma in portions of McCurtain, LeFlore and Pushmataha Counties. Severe drought conditions are extending into several counties in East central portion of Oklahoma (Pawnee, Haskell, Sequoyah, Cherokee, Okmulgee, Creek, Wagoner, Adair, Okfuskee, Muskogee and McIntosh Counties).

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today in Southwest portions of the State. In this area, today’s conditions may allow any fire started to easily escape control. Always check with your local fire department prior to any outdoor burning.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Adair, Blaine, Beaver, Craig, Creek, Comanche, Custer, Dewey, Kiowa, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Rogers, 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