Fire Situation Report – July 27, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 07/26/12 thru 07/27/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 35 acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 40.1 acres (Cause: 1-Lightning, 1-break-over)

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 07/26/12 thru 07/2712

No wildfires were reported for Thursday

** - 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:

Townley Road Fire (Comanche County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services’ committed three (3) Type 6 Engines, three (3) Type 3 Dozers and Operational Specialist in an OHP aircraft. Operational Specialist has mapped the 23,436 acre wildfire from an OHP aircraft. Yesterday, Firefighters worked late into the night establishing critical control lines on the North sections of the wildfire. Burnout operations are schedule for today to secure the Northeast section. Currently, there are 237 firefighters assigned to this wildfire from various fire departments.

Today: Fire danger will be high this afternoon across majority of Oklahoma. Higher temperatures are expected throughout Oklahoma. Temperatures will range from 101 degrees to 107 degrees throughout the state. Heat advisory has been issued east of a line from Osage County to Choctaw County, excluding McCurtain County. Wind direction will be variable across the state. North of Interstate 35, expect East sustained winds from 3 mph to 8 mph. South of Interstate 35, South sustained winds from 5 mph to 11 mph. Relative Humidity will range from 22% – 38% across all regions of the state, lowest RH will be in the southwest region. There is a 40% chance of afternoon thunderstorms to develop in Southeast portion of the state. The predicted rain amounts are less than ¼ of an inch.

Weekend Outlook: Saturday weather conditions will be similar to today’s conditions with exception of the wind direction. The winds will be South wind throughout the state. Fire danger will remain high for the state.
Sunday weather and fuel conditions West of Interstate 35 will be at a critical level for an increase of fire activity. In this region, expect sustained south winds to be 11 mph to 15 mph with gust around 25. East of Interstate 35 sustained south winds to be 7mph to 11 mph. Relative humidity will remain above 20% for all regions of the state. Temperatures will be above 103 degrees across the state. Fire danger will be high East of I-35, and very high west and near the I-35 corridor.

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. It advised to postpone any outdoor burning for this weekend.

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: