Fire Situation Report – September 29, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 09/26/14 thru 09/29/14

NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No activity

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 09/26/14 thru 09/29/14

1 Fire Burned 1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded 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:
Another warm and dry day is forecast for much of Oklahoma today, however rain is likely this evening in the Panhandle. No fire control issues are anticipated today with temperatures in the mid 80°’s, relative humidity in the upper 30% and low 40% range, and generally light southeast winds. Over the weekend some fire activity was observed and suppressed with minimal effort.

Special Note to Firefighters: Relatively light fire activity for much of the summer and leading into fall offers opportunity for complacency to set in. As the growing season wanes and grass fuels enter dormancy, both fire occurrence and severity tend to increase. The time to begin “knocking the rust off” is now before fire activity increases with a review of some firefighting basics.

  •  L – Establish lookouts whenever possible to observe fire behavior and potential hazards to personnel committed to suppression efforts.·
  • C – Establish common communications or strategically assign personnel in an effort to insure reliable incident communications. Do not simply rely on radio communications and be sure that both visual and verbal communications can be maintained.·
  • E – Establish escape routes for personnel and equipment and make them known. Mark the route with flagging or common landmarks. Escape routes should accommodate a quick retreat of all resources from the fireline.
  • S – Establish a safety zone that is large enough to accommodate all personnel and equipment in the event that fire behavior or fire environment safety hazards mandate disengaging fire suppression activities.

Remember .... ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma's wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).
Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services