Fire Situation Report – July 26, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/25/12 thru 07/26/12

NE Area – 5 fires burned 10.2 acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 420.5 acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 1.6 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 07/25/12 thru 07/26/12

No wildfires 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: Oklahoma Forestry Services’ has fire crews from the Southeast Protection Area and an Operational Specialist flying in an OHP aircraft en-route to a large wildfire in Comanche County, near Indiahoma, Oklahoma.

Haul Road Fire (LeFlore County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ committed four (4) Type 6 Engines and four (4) Type 3 Dozers from the East Central Protection Area. Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Forest Service also committed Fire units and several firefighters to this wildfire. The Incendiary wildfire was contained at 400 acres. Today, fire Crews are securing all control lines.

Oklahoma Forestry Services’ from the East Central Protection Area committed one (1) Type 6 Engines and one (1) Type 3 Dozers to wildfire outside the protection area located North of McAlester in Pittsburg County. The wildfire was controlled at 35 acres. One residence and outbuilding was threatened by the wildfire.

Today: Fire danger will be high this afternoon across majority of Oklahoma. Lower temperatures are expected throughout Oklahoma and chance of rain increasing throughout the day. Temperatures will range from 98 degrees to 101 degrees throughout most of the state. Heat advisory has been issued for Okmulgee, Okfuskee, Pittsburg, McIntosh, Haskell, Sequoyah, LeFlore, Latimer, and Pushmataha Counties. Winds will be shifting from the West to the Northeast in Panhandle region of Oklahoma. Sustained winds will range 10 mph to 15 mph in or near the Panhandle region. South/Southwest winds will dominate the rest of Oklahoma with sustained winds of 6 mph to 11mph. Relative Humidity will range from 30% – 38% across all regions of the state. There is a 30% to 50% chance of afternoon thunderstorms to develop throughout the state. The predicted rain amounts are less than ¼ of an inch.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: 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. Severe Drought Conditions have expanded to include majority of Oklahoma Counties. Extreme Drought Conditions exist in portions of Creek, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okmulgee, and Pushmataha Counties.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Forecasted fire weather coupled with the drought 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.

County Commissioner Burn Bans are in effect for several Oklahoma Counties. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current Burn Ban information: