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August 6, 2012

Forestry Service issues report tallying Oklahoma fire toll

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.

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