Fire Situation Report – February 18, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/14/14 thru 02/18/14

NE Area – 18 fires burned 207 acres (Causes: 9-Incendiary; 7-Esc. Debris Burn; 1-Campfire; 1-Other)

EC Area – 13 fires burned 463 acres (Causes: 12-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Prescribed Burn)

SE Area – 13 fires burned 242 acres (Causes: 6-Incendiary; 5-Esc. Debris Burn; 2-Equipment)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Crazy Horse (Latimer County) – Two units (two Type 3 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines, and four firefighters) from the East Central Area suppressed this wildfire on Sunday that burned 270 acres in steep, rugged terrain eight miles southeast of Wilburton. The fire’s cause has been reported as incendiary.

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 02/14/14 thru 02/18/14

No wildfires recorded during the reporting period

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded 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: Initial attack and extended attack activity on wildfires was heavy over the Holiday weekend. Numerous large fires occurred across the state. Total acreage burned and the number of structures lost has not been reported. Five requests for state assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Pittco (Pittsburg County) – On Friday the Forestry Services East Central Area responded to a request for assistance on a wildfire that occurred approximately ten miles southwest of McAlester. One Type 6 Engine, one Type 3 Dozer and two firefighters assisted in extinguishing this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned approximately 300 acres.

Idabel (McCurtain County) – One unit (one Type 2 Dozer, one Type 6 Engine and two firefighters) from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area was dispatched to control this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned two acres five miles west of Idabel.

Fobb Bottom (Marshall County) – Five firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with two Type 2 dozers and two Type 6 Engines were dispatched on Saturday evening to assist the Willis Fire Department. This incendiary-caused wildfire burned approximately 650 acres in rough, forested terrain two miles south of Willis.

Longhorn (Haskell County) – Three Type 3 Dozers, two Type 6 Engines, and five firefighters from the Forestry Services’ East Central Area responded on Sunday to assist with the control of a wildfire that occurred approximately six miles east of Stigler. Approximately 700 acres burned as a result of this incendiary-caused wildfire.

Reservoir Road (Atoka County) – Four firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with two Type 2 dozers and two Type 6 Engines responded on Monday to a request for assistance from the Stringtown Fire Department. This incendiary-caused wildfire burned 300 acres less than two miles west of Stringtown.

Fire danger this afternoon will be high to very high across the entire state. Relative humidity this afternoon is expected to range from the single digits in Cimarron County to mid-20% range elsewhere. Afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach into the 70 degree range. Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts near and above 25 mph. Winds will begin to diminish after sunset with a winds shifting from a northeasterly direction throughout the evening hours. If fire weather conditions deteriorate from forecast values, a Red Flag Warning may be issued. Any fire starting today has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fire weather conditions that will support large fire growth will be present by noon over much of the state. Wildland fuels will quickly dry out and be available to burn by 1000 hours this morning. Any fire starting early today will have plenty of time to burn large areas before winds begin to diminish after sunset.

As a result of today’s fire weather conditions, direct attack at the head of a fire may not be possible. When engaging on a wildfire, begin your suppression from a strong anchor point. Make sure that any portion of the line you work is completely out before moving forward on the flank. Use indirect tactics to catch the head of the fire in an area where a favorable change in fuels and terrain exists.

County wildland task forces should be prepared for possible mobilization today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today due to the warm, dry and windy conditions that are forecast.

As of 8:00 a.m. this morning, four counties remain under a County Commissioner’s Burn Ban. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

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 Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services