Fire Situation Report – July 24, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/23/12 thru 07/24/12

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 20.2 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-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 07/23/12 thru 07/24/12

No fires were reported 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: Oklahoma Forestry Services’ is committed on two (2) large wildfires outside the Protection Area.

Cedardale Fire (Woodward County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ committed two (2) Type 6 Engines, two (2) Type 3 Dozers and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Plane. The 1,900 acre wildfire is located west of Mooreland, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Plane flew the wildfire indentifying areas of concern for potential fire runs. OFS Fire Crews are still engaged on patrolling control lines and mopping up any hot spots. OFS fire crews will be staged at Eagle City for an extended time.

Bristow Fire (Creek County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ committed five (5) Type 6 Engines and Five (5) Type 3 Dozers to the wildfire, near Bristow, Oklahoma. Good progress has been made on the fire’s perimeter building control lines. Today, three (3) OFS units are still engaged on the fire patrolling control lines and building additional control lines, as needed. Fire size is unavailable.

Today: Fire danger will be high to very high this afternoon across majority of Oklahoma. Hot and Dry weather will persist today. Temperatures will remain above 100 degrees throughout most of the state. A heat advisory has been issued for Eastern Oklahoma, in or near a line from Osage County to Choctaw County. South sustained winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 10 – 19 mph with gust around 22mph. Relative Humidity is predicted stay above 20 percent across the state. Expect seasonal afternoon thunderstorms to develop in the panhandle portion of the state.

The Highest wildfire danger for today will be in Northwestern Oklahoma in or near a line from Woods County to Roger Mills County. The sustained wind speeds will be 18 – 22 mph and gust around 30 mph. Relative Humidity will range from 20 – 25 percent, and temperatures are predicted to reach 100 – 103 degrees. Conditions will be nearing Red Flag Warnings.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fires starting today will burn very intensely. The highest probability of success will be indirect tactics in advance of the head of the fire coupled with direct attack on the flanks, working from a secure anchor point. Look for a favorable change in fuel and/or terrain as the most advantageous place to catch the head of the fire. Expect 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 Central and Western Oklahoma.

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