Fire Situation Report – September 14, 2011

Fire Situation Report – September 14, 2011

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/13/11 thru 09/14/11

NE Area – 2 fires burned 247.1 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 96.5 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 2-Equipment)

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

Gruber (Muskogee County) – This wildfire seven miles east of Muskogee at the Camp Gruber Army National Guard Training Facility started on September 10th and is 75% contained. Yesterday Oklahoma Forestry Services patrolled the perimeter of the fire and mopped up hot spots where necessary to prevent the fire from escaping control lines. The fire started from a military tracer round fired during a training exercise and has burned approximately 3,900 acres. The increase in acreage is due to better mapping. The fire perimeter will be patrolled by air today in search of areas where the fire could potentially escape control lines.

Crow Hollow (Adair County) - Five firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Northeast Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engine joined forces with Cherokee Nation firefighters and local fire departments to extinguish this 247 acre fire that occurred ten miles northwest of Stilwell. The fire resulted from an escaped prescribed 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.

Statewide Discussion: Two requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday:

North Motoy (Atoka County) – Forestry Services dispatched seven firefighters from the Southeast Area to extinguish this wildfire that burned 200 acres six miles south of Bentley. Forestry Services firefighters utilized three Type 3 Dozers and three Type 6 Engines to suppress this wildfire. Several fire departments also responded to this incident. The cause of the fire has been listed as incendiary.

Wright City (McCurtain County) – Wright City Fire Department requested assistance on this wildfire that occurred one mile north of Millerton. Forestry Services dispatched one unit (one Type 2 Dozer, one Type 6 Engine, and two firefighters) from the Southeast Area to assist in controlling this equipment-caused fire that burned 5 acres.

This afternoon fire danger will be moderated by higher relative humidity across the state. Winds are expected to be sustained from the north-northeast at 10-15 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-70s to upper 80s.

A Governor’s Burn Ban remains in effect for 61 counties. Several County Burn Bans are in effect. For current Burn Ban information 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