Fire Situation Report – February 25, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/24/14 thru 02/25/14

NE Area – 4 fires burned 48 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 2-Esc. Debris Burn)

EC Area – 1 fires burned 5 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 181 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

One large fire occurred yesterday in the Protection Area:

Powerline (Atoka County) – Three units (three Type 3 Dozers, three Type 6 Engines and six firefighters) from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area were dispatched to control this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned in rugged, forested terrain four miles east of Stringtown.

* 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 02/24/14 thru 02/25/14

11 fires burned 32.1 acres (Causes: 4-Escaped Debris Burn; 2-Smoking; 2-Fireworks; 1-Children; 1-Electrical; 1-Equipment) Reporting Department(s): Collinsville Rural FD, Del City FD, Cedar Country FD, Guymon FD

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today will be east of a line from northern McCurtain County to Osage County. In and near this area north-northeast winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with slightly higher gusts. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 20% to low 30% range with temperatures in the mid-40 to low 50 degree range. Any fire starting today in this area has the potential to burn with moderate to rapid rates of spread. The highest fire spread rates will be in areas with unsheltered fine fuels where winds and terrain align.

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