Fire Situation Report – March 29, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 03/28/13 thru 03/29/13       

NE Area – 3 fires burned 320 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 1,000 acres (Cause: Escaped Prescribed Burn)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 80 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary)

Two large fires occurred in the Protection Area yesterday:

McCurtain (Haskell County) – One unit (one Type 6 Engine, one Type 3 Dozer and two personnel) from the East Central Area controlled this escaped prescribed fire that burned 1,000 acres three miles south of McCurtain.

Pine Springs (Cherokee County) – Two units from the Northeast Area controlled this fire early this morning that burned 300 acres twelve miles north of Tahlequah.  The cause of the fire 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’ 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 03/28/13 thru 03/29/13

 2 fires burned 3 acres (Causes: 1-Railroad; 1-Other) Reporting Fire Department(s): Cordell 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:   Two requests for Oklahoma Forestry assistance were received yesterday from outside of the Protection Area.  A request from Hughes County was cancelled by the requesting party prior to deployment due to a change in tactics and fire weather conditions. 

The other request for assistance came from the Atoka Fire Department.  One unit from Forestry Services’ Southeast Area assisted with the control of this fire that burned 29 acres.

No fire control problems are expected today and through the weekend.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect.  For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

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