Fire Situation Report – July 23, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/20/12 thru 07/23/12

NE Area – 9 fires burned 560 acres (Cause: 6- Incendiary, 2-Power Line, 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 6 fires burned 123 acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 7 fires burned 126 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 3-break-overs)

Stanley Field Fire (Cherokee County) – On Friday, the Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Northeast Area committed four (4) firefighters equipped with two (2) Type 6 Engines and two (2) Type 3 Dozers. The 200 acre wildfire was located 15 miles North of Tahlequah.

* 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 07/20/12 thru 07/23/12
No fires were reported this weekend
** - 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: 33 Landing Fire (Rogers County) - Oklahoma Forestry Services’ assisted fire departments Southeast of Catoosa on Sunday. The Forestry Services’ committed two (2) Type 6 Engines and two (2) Type 3 Dozers and four (4) firefighters to control the 200 acre wildfire. The cause of the wildfire was equipment.

Oklahoma Forestry Services’ deployed two (2) Type 6 Engines and two (2) Type 3 Dozers and five (5) firefighters on Sunday to assist with wildfires in Western Oklahoma. They have already secured a1, 600 acre wildfire in Blaine County, near Eagle City. Currently, they are en-route to assist with a wildfire near Mooreland, Oklahoma in Woodward County.

Today: High wildfire danger for today. Seasonal weather conditions are expected throughout Oklahoma. Temperatures will remain in triple digits throughout most of the state. A Heat Advisor has been issued for majority of the state. South/Southeast sustained winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 6 mph – 15 mph. Relative Humidity is predicted stay above 20 percent across the state. Expect seasonal afternoon thunderstorms to develop in southern portions of the state.

The Highest wildfire danger for today will be in Western Oklahoma. Strong South/Southeast winds will be the major factor keeping wildfires contained once they have started. They are predicted to gust up to 26 mph and be sustained at 15 mph -18 mph (South/Southeast). The fire danger rating for this area is 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, Muskogee, and Okmulgee Counties. Severe drought conditions continue to extend throughout Oklahoma.

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