Fire Situation Report – March 12, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/11/14 thru 03/012/14       

NE Area – 10 fires burned 240.5 acres (Cause: 6-Escaped Debris Burn, 4-Incendiary, 1 Structure Lost, 1 Structure Damaged)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 437 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn, 1-Escaped Campfire, 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 fires burned 66 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn, 1-Lightning)

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/06/14 thru 03/07/14

 

No fires recorded through time of report.

** - 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:

Initial Attack increased yesterday with the passage of a dry cold front.  Assistance from Oklahoma Forestry Services was provided to the following incidents outside of the protection area.

           

Wildcat (Pittsburg County)700 acres (+250 acres) 100% contained 19 miles west of McAlester, OFS dispatched 1 Type 6 Engines and 1 Type 2 Dozers to assist with suppression of this fire burning primarily in hardwood leaf litter.

 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:

            Gray Squirrel (Latimer County) – 180 ac (100% contained) 9 miles SSE of Wilburton, OFS dispatched 3 Type

6 Engines, 2 Type 3 Dozers and 1 Type 2 Dozer.   The fire burned in hardwood leaf litter.

 

Burned Cabin (Latimer County) – 250 acres (100% contained) 9 miles NE of Wilburton, OFS dispatched 2

Type 6 Engines and 2 Type 3 Dozers.  The fire burned in hardwood leaf litter.

 

Quay (Payne County) – 900 acres (70% contained) 18 miles ENE of Stillwater, OFS dispatched 1 Type 3 IC, 2

Type 6 Dozers, 1 Type 3 Tractor Plow and 1 Type 2 Dozer.  The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber.

Breezy and cooler conditions in the wake of yesterday’s cold front passage will keep elevated fire danger in place over all of Oklahoma today.  North winds at 10-18 mph gusting to 20 mph, temperatures ranging from 50 degrees in northern Oklahoma to 58 degrees in southern Oklahoma.  Afternoon relative humidity will not drop as low as yesterday and will settle out around 30% around 4:00 pm.  Cumulative drying days combined with persistent breezy conditions will keep fire danger in the “High” or above category for at least the next three days.

 

Special Note to Firefighters: Initial attack activity in some areas has been high.  Firefighters are encouraged to monitor fatigue for themselves as well as their counterparts.

 

Special Note to Public: Avoid outdoor burning today that has potential to escape and consider delaying debris burning until green-up and/or when conditions improve.

 

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at:  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:  Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Se