Fire Situation Report – January 31, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 01/30/14 thru 01/31/14

NE Area – 9 fires burned 527 acres (Causes: 7-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Other)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 12 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 11 acres (Causes: 2-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’ eighteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Reporting Period 01/30/14 thru 01/31/14

No wildfires recorded during the reporting period.

** - 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 across the State, with northeast Oklahoma experiencing the most activity. Two requests for State assistance were received yesterday:

White Oak (Craig County) – Two Type 3 dozers, two Type 6 Engines and five firefighting personnel from the Forestry Services’ Northeast Area responded to assist with the control of this incident. Numerous fire departments were committed to this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 800 acres near White Oak.

Sentinel (Caddo County) – A Forestry Services’ wildfire suppression specialist aboard an Oklahoma Highway Patrol aircraft was dispatched to provide suppression guidance. An Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopter and various Forestry Services resources were requested, but were not needed due to the on-scene resources ability to stop the fire as fire weather conditions changed late yesterday afternoon. Approximately twenty-five acres burned as a result of this equipment–caused wildfire that occurred approximately three miles east of Cement.

Fire danger today and through the weekend will be moderated by higher relative humidity readings, light winds, and cool temperatures. Forecast information for today through Sunday calls for a chance of moisture in almost all areas of Oklahoma.

Based on current forecast information, fire control problems are not anticipated anywhere in Oklahoma.

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