Fire Situation Report – February 28, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/27/14 thru 02/28/14

NE Area – 6 fires burned 35 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Railroad)

EC Area – 4 fires burned 37 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 37 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-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 02/27/14 thru 02/28/14

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: One request for State assistance was received from outside the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Stringtown (Atoka County) – Six firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with three Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines responded to a request for assistance from the Atoka County Sheriff’s Office. The fire burned 95 acres in rugged forested terrain 16 miles north of Stringtown. Numerous fire departments were engaged in the suppression effort. The cause of the fire has been reported as an escaped debris burn.

The highest fire danger today will be west of a rough line from Marshall County to Harper County. North-northwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 10-15 mph with some gusts near 25 mph. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper teens to upper 20% range this afternoon with temperatures reaching into the 60s. Moderate to rapid rates of spread are possible with any fire starting today, especially in areas with unsheltered fine fuels where winds and terrain align.

Fire control problems are not anticipated anywhere in Oklahoma on Saturday or Sunday. If conditions change from forecast values an updated Fire Situation Report will be posted.

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