Fire Situation Report – February 24, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/21/14 thru 02/24/14

NE Area – 10 fires burned 468 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 5-Esc. Debris Burn; 1-Other)

EC Area – 8 fires burned 293 acres (Causes: 6-Incendiary; 1-Esc. Debris Burn; 1-Esc. Prescribed Burn)

SE Area – 19 fires burned 469 acres (Causes: 10-Incendiary; 9-Escaped Debris Burn)

One large fire was reported in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Slide Mountain (Adair County) – Four firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Northeast Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines, along with three firefighters from the Cherokee Nation equipped with one Type 6 Engine, controlled this wildfire that burned 360 acres in rugged terrain eleven miles southwest of Stilwell. The cause of the fire has been recorded as an escaped debris burn.

* 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 recorded on 02/21/14 thru 02/24/14

No fires 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 activity was heavy on Friday with numerous fires occurring across the State. No requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.

One large fire was declared controlled on Monday by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Southern Plains Region):

Phillips (Caddo County) – This wildfire began on February 20th and was declared controlled yesterday, February 23rd. Numerous Fire Departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were involved in the suppression efforts of this fire that burned 380 acres three miles southeast of Carnegie. The cause of the fire is under investigation

Today’s fire danger will be moderate to high across Oklahoma due to light winds, high relative humidity and cool temperatures. Under the influence of today’s fire weather, fire control problems are not anticipated anywhere in Oklahoma.

Numerous counties are under a County Commissioner’s Burn Ban. For information concerning burn bans 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 Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services