Rough Branch

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Rough Branch

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Approximate Location

34.238 latitude, -94.707 longitude

Incident Overview

Map showing the perimeter of the Rough Branch Wildfire

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On Sunday Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. a fire was reported to forest personnel. The fire was ignited by lighting and is in the origin of Rough Branch just west of Broken Bow Lake. The location of the fire is approximately 8 miles northeast of Hochatown Okla.

The fire is located in an area that is difficult for firefighting personnel to reach by vehicle or on foot. On Sept. 2 it was decided that the fire would be managed with limited suppression effort. A decision like this is made when 1) private property such as homes or outbuildings are not imminently threatened; and 2) fighting the fire directly could put firefighters at serious risk because of terrain or other conditions.

The safety of the public and firefighters is always the first priority. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area and maintain a presence around the Rough Branch area until it is contained.

Backburning operations will begin on September 9th and continue for a few days to strengthen containment lines. These lines are in place in accessible areas and include roads and the shoreline of Broken Bow Lake. Backburning operations remove vegetation between the containment line and the oncoming wildfire reducing the fuel available for the wildfire causing it to burn out.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday September 01st, 2013 approx. 02:00 PM
Location15 miles north of Broken Bow, OK
Incident CommanderKris Wilson

Current Situation

Total Personnel9
Size555 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

9 - Hardwood Litter; 2 - Pine and understory

Significant Events

Continue to monitor fire. No smoke or fire activity observed.


Planned Actions

Continue to patrol and monitor fire and demobilization of resources.

Projected Incident Activity



Continued demobilization of resources from the Rough Branch fire. Fire was declared 100 percent contained at 1600, Sept. 15. Fire will remain in monitor status.

Unit Information

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Ouachita National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Hot Springs, AR 71902

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