Fire Situation Report – March 2, 2012

Fire Situation Report – March 2, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/01/12 thru 03/02/12

NE Area – 14 fires burned 228 acres (Causes: 11-Incendiary; 3-Escaped Debris); one primary residence was destroyed valued at $95,000 and one outbuilding was destroyed valued at $5,000.

EC Area – 4 fires burned 108 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary)

SE Area – 6 fires burned 569 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Equipment); one outbuilding was destroyed, value not available at the time of this report.

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

Butterfield (Atoka County) – Six firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with three Type 2 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines were dispatched to this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 480 acres in rugged terrain five miles northeast of Stringtown. Today’s suppression actions include patrolling the fire perimeter and mop-up of any hot spots close to the control line to ensure the fire remains under control.

* 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 03/01/12 thru 03/02/12

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: One request for State assistance was received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

Darwin (Pushmataha County) – Two units from the Forestry Services’ Southeast Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines extinguished this wildfire that burned 80 acres. The fire occurred three miles south of Darwin and was caused by an escaped debris burn.

Fire danger today thru the weekend will remain high to very high across the state. Fire weather forecasts are currently calling for cool, dry conditions with moderate winds. Relative humidity is expected to range from 15-25 percent Saturday and Sunday. West-northwest winds primarily in the 10-15 mph range with higher gusts are forecast for the majority of the state. Due to the fire weather forecast for this weekend, any fire that starts in continuous, cured fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Caution is urged while conducting any outdoor burning today or this weekend. Fire weather conditions during the afternoon hours may allow any fire started to easily escape your control. Be sure to take proper precautions when burning outdoors to avoid starting a wildfire.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Cimarron and 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