Fire Situation Report – February 27, 2012

Fire Situation Report – February 27, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/24/12 thru 02/27/12

NE Area – 21 fires burned 832 acres (Causes: 12-Incendiary; 9-Escaped Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 10 fires burned 192 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 3-Escaped Debris Burn; 2-Escaped Prescribed Burn; 1-Campfire; 1-Other)

SE Area – 7 fires burned 72.1 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary)

Three large fires occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Chaffin (Adair County) – Four Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters from the NE Area equipped with two Type 3 Bulldozers and two Type 6 Engines extinguished this wildfire on Saturday that burned 400 acres in rugged, forested terrain four miles northwest of Proctor. The cause of the fire has been listed as an escaped prescribed burn.

Ussery Mountain (Sequoyah County) – One unit (one Type 3 Dozer, one Type 6 Engine and two firefighters) from the Forestry Services’ NE Area was dispatched on Saturday to suppress this incendiary-caused wildfire that occurred two miles northwest of Marble City. No structures were lost or damaged to this fire that burned 130 acres in steep, mountainous terrain.

Deer Run (Haskell County) – Four Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters from the East Central Area equipped with two Type 3 Bulldozers and two Type 6 Engines were dispatched to control this wildfire on Saturday that burned 128 acres four miles southwest of Enterprise. The cause of the wildfire has been listed as an escaped prescribed burn.

* 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 02/24/12 thru 02/27/12

No wildfires reported yesterday.

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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 was moderate over the last two days due to the dry, windy conditions that affected the majority of the state. Three requests for State assistance on wildfire were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.

Soper (Choctaw County) - One Type 2 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area was dispatched to assist the Soper Fire Department with this 38 acre wildfire that burned two miles southeast of Soper. The cause of the fire has been listed as an escaped debris burn.

Crystal (Atoka County) – One Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area assisted the Crystal Fire Department with the extinguishment of this wildfire that burned one mile east of Crystal. Thirty acres were burned as the result of this escaped debris burn.

Prue (Osage County) – A request for aviation support was received yesterday from the Prue Fire Department in Osage County. However, aviation assets were not dispatched due to several factors primarily involving weather and access. Firefighting resources from the Osage Nation were requested to assist due to their proximity to the incident and the threat to Tribal Trust land. Initial reports indicate that numerous structures were threatened. One structure and approximately forty acres were reported burned by the fire.

No fire control problems are anticipated in Oklahoma today as light winds, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will be present.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Tuesday for the area west of a line from Woods County to Tillman County. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range with sustained south-southwest winds from 20-35 mph with gusts from 40 mph to above 50 mph. Temperatures will climb into the low to middle 60s. Any fire starting in and near this area has the potential to burn very intensely, exhibit erratic fire behavior and rapid rates of spread. A Red Flag Warning may be issued later in the day or early tomorrow as more data is received about the possible fire weather conditions.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: In western Oklahoma, Tuesday has the potential to be a challenging day of firefighting if the predicted extreme fire weather conditions come to pass. Take time today to review wildland firefighting safety information, ready equipment for action and

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Texas County. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current Burn Ban information:

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