Fire Situation Report – July 25, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/24/12 thru 07/25/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 5 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 3 fires burned 91.3 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

· 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 07/24/12 thru 07/25/12

Hardesty Command Fire (Texas County) – Guymon Fire Department reported of engaging on a 30 acre Incendiary wildfire located West of Hardesty, Oklahoma.

** - 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 still engaged on one (1) fire outside of the Protection Area.

Depew Fire (Creek County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ is still engaged with two (2) Type 6 Engines and two (2) Type 3 Dozers to the wildfire. Operational Specialist mapped the 5,580 acre wildfire from an OHP aircraft. Unified Command is in place. Last night firefighters worked until 2200 hours securing the south and east flanks. Operational plans for today: Coordinate with Depew Fire Department with building control lines on the south and east flanks and patrol all existing control lines. This wildfire was previously named Bristow fire. It is located one (1) mile north of Depew, Oklahoma.

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. South sustained winds will prevail in Oklahoma from 15 mph – 20 mph with gust around 25 mph. Relative Humidity will range from 22% – 34% across the state. Expect seasonal afternoon thunderstorms to develop in the panhandle portion of the state.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fire weather combined with current wildland fuel conditions will cause fires that start to exhibit some resistance to control. For the next few afternoons, any fire that starts in continuous tall grass will have flame lengths that may prevent direct attack at the head of the fire. Establish an anchor point, begin fighting the fire from the black on the flanks, ensuring that the fire you suppress is dead out, and catch the fire at a favorable change in fuels or terrain. In some cases direct attack on the flanks of the fire combined with indirect attack at the head may have the greatest probability of success.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Dry, breezy weather will be the rule for the next couple of days. Forecasted fire weather coupled with the dry conditions may allow any outdoor burning conducted to easily start a wildfire. Be sure to have control lines constructed to mineral soil and ample water on hand to keep your fire under control. Make sure your fire is dead out or totally secure before leaving the scene. Always check with local fire departments 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