Fire Situation Report – January 23, 2012

Fire Situation Report – January 23, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/20/12 thru 01/23/12

NE Area – 7 fires burned 144.6 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary)

EC Area – 4 fires burned 578 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 0 fires

One large fire occurred during the reporting period:

New State West (Pittsburg County) – Seven firefighters from the East Central Area equipped with three Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines contained this fire that burned 550 acres in rugged, mountainous terrain late yesterday evening. The fire occurred approximately eight miles south of Hartshorne and the cause has been listed as incendiary.

* 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 01/20/12 thru 01/23/12

1 fire burned 80 acres (Cause: Power Line)
Reporting Department(s): Fairfax Fire Department

** - 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 yesterday in response to the dry, windy conditions experienced as a result of a passing cold front. An accurate accounting of the weekend’s fire activity outside of the Protection Area is not available. Some areas of northwest Oklahoma received meager amounts of moisture yesterday evening.

One request for State assistance was received during the reporting period. Forestry Services responded to a request for assistance from the Grant Fire Department to assist with extinguishing an incendiary-caused fire that was started in a wood chip pile. Two firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine were dispatched to contain the fire that burned an estimated one acre near Grant.

There are two areas of concern this afternoon in regard to fire danger. The first area is west of a rough line from Woods County to Cotton County. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20-30% range with south winds sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts from 20-25 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from 55-65 degrees. The second area of concern is east of a line from Osage County to LeFlore County. Winds will be sustained from the west at 10-15 mph with gusts from 15-20 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach from 55-60 degrees with relative humidity in the upper teens to 25% range. Any fire starting this afternoon in and near these areas has the potential to burn with high intensity and exhibit rapid rates of spread.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Ottawa 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