Fire Situation Report – July 18, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/17/12 thru 07/18/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 4 acres (Cause: - Incendiary)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 8.3 acres (Cause: - 3 Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: - debris)

* 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 07/17/12 thru 07/18/12

No Fires were reported for Monday

** - 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: One fire with structures lost occurred in the Protection Area on Monday:

North Long town Fire (Pittsburg County) – One Type 3 Bulldozers, one Type 6 Engine, and two firefighters from the East Central Area controlled this fire that was caused as a result of incendiary. Two (2) residences and one (1) outbuilding were destroyed from the wildfire. The fire was controlled at 5 acres. Estimated value of lost residences and outbuilding is $35,000.

Today: Weather conditions will remain similar to yesterday, except for higher temperatures. Temperatures are expected to be in triple digits throughout most of the state. South/Southwest winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 9 mph – 15 mph. Relative Humidity is predicted to stay above 20 percent throughout Oklahoma with higher relative humidity in the Southeast portion of the state (34 percent).

Fire Danger will be highest this afternoon in the following counties: Sage, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Pawnee, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, and Wagoner. Fine fuels will rapidly dry out this morning as the relative humidity continues to drop into the low- to mid-20 percent by this afternoon. Winds are forecast to be from the south-southwest at 10-15 mph. Temperatures will be near 103 degrees.

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 Northeast 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 several Oklahoma Counties. 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