Fire Situation Report – March 26, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/23/12 thru 03/26/12       

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 03/23/12 thru 03/26/12

No wildfires recorded 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:  No reports of fire activity or requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period. 

The highest fire danger today will be in the Oklahoma Panhandle as a dry line pushes through the area.  Behind the dry line relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range with south winds sustained from 20-25 mph with gusts near 40 mph.  Temperatures are forecast to range from 80-90 degrees.  Near Red Flag Warning conditions are expected in Cimarron County this afternoon.  A Red Flag Warning may be issued later in the day if conditions deteriorate from the forecast values.  Any fire starting in continuous, cured fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

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