Fire Situation Report – March 7, 2012

Fire Situation Report – March 7, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/06/12 thru 03/07/12

NE Area – 13 fires burned 1,666 acres (Causes: 11-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 8 fires burned 695 acres (Causes: 5-Incendiary; 3-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 1.1 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

Four large fires occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

West Seller’s Mountain (Cherokee County) – An incendiary-caused wildfire was suppressed by numerous rural fire departments, Oklahoma Forestry Services, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Forestry Services committed two firefighters equipped with one Type 3 Dozer and one Type 6 Engine. The wildfire burned 250 acres five miles south of Keys, Oklahoma.

Conde (Delaware County) – This wildfire started on March 5th six miles southeast of Jay. The Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Northeast Area committed two firefighters equipped with one Type 6 Engine and one Type 3 Dozer on Tuesday to contain an additional fire growth due to strong winds and dry conditions. The wildfire has now burned 1,275 acres. Control actions for today include patrolling the fire perimeter and mopping up hot spots to keep the fire contained.

Marble Field Plantation (Delaware County) - The Forestry Services’ Northeast Area committed two Type 6 Engines and two Type 3 Dozers with four firefighters to control this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 500 acres six miles northeast of Kansas. Strong winds, dry conditions and volatile fuels hampered suppression efforts.

South (Adair County) – This incendiary caused wildfire burned 300 acres twelve miles southeast of Stilwell. The Forestry Services’ Northeast Area committed two firefighters equipped with one Type 6 Engine and one Type 3 Dozer to control of this wildfire.

Walker (Sequoyah County) – The Forestry Services’ Northeast Area committed two firefighters equipped with one Type 6 Engine and one Type 3 Dozer to control of this wildfire. This wildfire burned 350 acres eleven miles northeast of Sallisaw.

Ryan’s Peak (Latimer County) – The Forestry Services’ East Central Area committed eight firefighters equipped with four Type 6 Engines and four Type 3 Dozers to control of this wildfire. This incendiary-caused wildfire burned 900 acres six miles north of Red Oak.

Smoke Stack (Latimer County) – Five firefighters from the Forestry Services’ East Central Area equipped two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines extinguished this incendiary-caused wildfire that burned 410 acres six miles south of Kinta.

* 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 03/06/12 thru 03/07/12

No wildfires reported on the system 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: Initial attack was heavy during the reporting period. Five requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period:

Liberty (Okmulgee County) – An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter equipped with a 660-gallon bucket was dispatched again yesterday to assist with this wildfire that started on Sunday approximately four miles southeast of Liberty. Numerous fire departments, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were committed to the fire. The fire has been reported to be incendiary-caused and has burned approximately 7,600 acres.

Christian Camp (Marshall County) – Two units from the Oklahoma Forestry Services Southeast Area consisting of four firefighters equipped with two Type 2 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines were dispatched yesterday morning to assist with a wildfire burning in heavy timber south of Madill. Local fire departments committed five brush trucks to this incident. This incendiary-caused wildfire which started on Sunday burned approximately 700 acres.

Sasakwa (Seminole County) – A large fire started Monday evening near Sasakwa in Seminole County. Two County Wildland Task Forces were deployed during the early morning hours to assist with the control efforts. By 8:00 a.m. the fire was controlled and all resources released. No report has been received regarding the fire’s cause or final size.

Bowlegs (Seminole County) – Bowlegs Fire Department assisted by numerous area fire departments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were contained this fire late yesterday afternoon. An Oklahoma Forestry Services Operations Specialist aboard an Oklahoma Highway Patrol aircraft provided suppression guidance to ground resources. The fire’s cause has been reported as suspicious. The wildfire burned approximately 1,400 acres three miles east of Bowlegs.

Chelsea (Rogers County) – County wildland task forces were dispatched to assist with this wildfire yesterday morning. No report on acreage or cause has been received.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for today for the Oklahoma Panhandle. Shifting winds with gusts above 20 mph are expected. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 20% range with temperatures in the 50-60 degree range. For more information about the Fire Weather Watch in the Panhandle, click on the following link to the National Weather Service Amarillo Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/

Across the remainder of Oklahoma very windy and warm conditions are expected. Sustained southerly winds from 20-30 mph with gusts near 40 mph are forecast. Relative humidity expected to remain fairly moderate, only dropping into the 50-70% range. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 70 degree range.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged due to the forecast for strong winds and low relative humidity. Any fire started could easily escape control and threaten lives and property.

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