— Oklahoma Forestry Services issued the following fire report Monday:
PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 08/03/12 thru 08/06/12
NE Area – 17 fires burned 120 acres (Causes: 8-Incendiary; 5-Equipment; 2-Lightning; 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Other)
EC Area – 6 fires burned 3,036 acres (Causes: 6-Incendiary)
SE Area – 12 fires burned 50 acres (Causes: 10-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Lightning)
* 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.
Statewide Discussion: Initial was heavy across Oklahoma during the reporting period. Aviation support and Forestry Services assistance was requested on numerous wildfires outside of the Protection Area. Below is a brief synopsis of wildfires that occurred during the reporting period:
Spur (Blaine County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Oklahoma Army National Guard aircraft, and numerous fire departments were committed to this wildfire that burned approximately 1,066 acres two miles south of Geary. Oklahoma Forestry Services has committed two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 2 Dozers, four Type 6 Engines with associated overhead personnel to this incident. A Forestry Services Operations Specialist aboard an Oklahoma Highway Patrol aircraft provided suppression guidance. The numerous rural residences and the town of Geary were threatened. One home was lost to the fire.
Luther (Oklahoma County) – Numerous fire departments, Oklahoma Forestry Services, the Oklahoma Army National Guard aircraft and numerous agencies were committed to the control of this wildfire that burned into the town of Luther. Oklahoma Forestry Services has committed two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 2 Dozers, four Type 6 Engines with associated overhead personnel to this incident. Numerous residences and outbuildings were lost. Interstate 44 was closed for several hours Friday evening. The fire’s mapped acreage is 2,621 acres.
Alex (Grady County) - Oklahoma Forestry Services has committed two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 2 Dozers, four Type 6 Engines with associated overhead personnel to support the Alex Fire Department with the control of this incident. No report has been received at the time of this report as to the cause or the number of structures lost.
Freedom Hills (Creek County) – Oklahoma Forestry Services Type 2 Incident Management Team is in Unified Command with Tulsa Fire Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Freedom Hills Fire Department. Evacuations remain in effect. Numerous structures have been lost to this incident that has burned 58,500 acres north of Bristow to just south of Mannford. Extreme fire behavior, critically dry fuels and extreme weather contributed to resistance to control. Today’s planned actions are to continue line construction to secure the fire’s perimeter, mop up around structures and reduce threats to escape.
Noble (Cleveland County) – Numerous fire departments were supported by Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopters equipped with buckets to attempt to contain this fire. The fire had burned approximately 7,900 acres as of August 4th at 11:00 a.m. Substantial fire growth occurred on Sunday, with no estimate received on the additional acreage burned. No report has been received at the time of this report as to the cause or the number of structures lost.
Drumright (Creek County) – Oklahoma Army National Guard bucket-equipped helicopters assisted the Drumright Fire Department with this incident that burned through the city of Drumright. Numerous structures were lost. No report has been received as to the cause or the acres burned.
Glencoe (Payne County) - Oklahoma Army National Guard bucket-equipped helicopters assisted the Drumright Fire Department with this incident that burned through the city of Glencoe. Numerous structures were lost. No
report has been received as to the cause or the acres burned.
Numerous other significant fires occurred during the reporting period. Resources requests were unable to be filled for fires in Kiowa County, Yale, Shawnee, and Cushing.
Fire Danger today will be high to extreme across Oklahoma. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees and above, with relative humidity expected to drop into the 15-20% range. Light northeast to easterly winds from 5-10 mph are expected. Any fire starting today will burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread, especially where terrain and winds align.
SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for the entire State of Oklahoma. For information concerning this ban click on the following link:
Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).
Prepared by: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Ariculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services