Fire Situation Report – July 19, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/18/12 thru 07/19/12
NE Area – 4 fires burned 103 acres (Cause: - 2 Incendiary, - 2 Debris)
EC Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: - Incendiary)
SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acre (Cause: -Equipment)
* 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 07/18/12 thru 07/19/12

No Fires were reported for Wednesday.

** - 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: Expect the weather conditions be similar to yesterday. Temperatures are expected to be in triple digits throughout most of the state. South/Southwest sustained winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 6 mph – 12 mph. Relative Humidity is predicted to stay above 20 percent East of Interstate 35. Southeast portion of Oklahoma relative humidity will remain above 30 percent.

Fire Danger will be highest this afternoon West of Interstate 35: Fine fuels will rapidly dry out this morning as the relative humidity continues to drop to 15 percent by this afternoon. Sustained winds are forecasted to be light to moderate from the south/southwest at 8 mph - 12 mph with gust of 17mph. Temperatures will be near 107 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. The continued heat and moisture deficit has increase drought conditions from severe to extreme in portions of McCurtain, LeFlore, Pushmataha, McIntosh, Tulsa, Muskogee, Okmulgee, and Okfuskee Counties. Severe drought conditions still persist in Pawnee, Haskell, Sequoyah, Cherokee, Creek, Wagoner and Adair Counties.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today in Northeast and Western 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