Fire Situation Report – March 20, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/19/12 thru 03/20/12       

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 03/19/12 thru 03/20/12

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:  While the majority of Oklahoma received much needed rainfall yesterday, the Oklahoma Panhandle experienced extreme fire weather conditions which prompted the issuance of a Red Flag Warning.  However, no requests for State assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received yesterday.

Spring green-up is progressing at a rapid rate in response to the rainfall and warm temperatures.  Fire danger will be greatly diminished over the next several weeks as live fuel moistures will be high enough to hamper or stop fire spread.  Trees are also beginning to leaf-out which will help to reduce fire danger in forested areas.

No fire control problems are anticipated in Oklahoma today.

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