Fire Situation Report – July 20, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/19/12 thru 07/20/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 20cres (Cause: - Electrical)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 140 acres (Cause: - Lightning)

SE Area – 0 fires

White Lightning Fire (LeFlore County) – The Oklahoma Forestry Services’ East Central Area committed four (4) firefighters equipped with two (2) Type 6 Engines and two (2) Type 3 Dozers. Two non-agency dozers (Type unknown) assisted with the 140 acre wildfire.

* 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 07/19/12 thru 07/20/12

Kingston Fire Department (Marshall County) reported of suppressing one (1) wildfire burning three (3) acres, occurring Southeast of Kingston. The cause of the wildfire was Equipment. A total of eleven firefighters responded to wildfire.

** - 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: High wildfire danger for today. Temperatures are expected to be in triple digits throughout most of the state, nearing record highs. A Heat Advisor has been issued for majority of the state. Southwest/West sustained winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 6 mph – 8 mph. Relative Humidity is predicted to drop below 20 percent across the state. The Southeast portion of Oklahoma relative humidity will remain above 20 percent. Expect seasonal afternoon thunderstorms develop throughout the state.

Weekend Outlook: Saturday fire weather conditions will be similar to today’s (7-20) conditions (High). Sunday wildfire weather conditions will worsen for Central and Western (west of I-35) Oklahoma with sustained winds to increase 5 mph – 15 mph with gust up to around 25 mph. Coupled with high temperatures and lower relative humidity fire danger rating will be High to Very High.

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. Short range spotting in advance of the fire’s head will be possible for Sunday in Central and Western Oklahoma. Extreme drought conditions persist 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, Tillman, Cotton, Kay, Noble 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