Fire Situation Report – 24, 2014 (for 3/21 - 3/23)

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/21/14 thru 03/24/14

NE Area – 10 fires burned 396 acres (Cause: 4-Escaped Debris Burn, 5-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 15 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 4 fires burned 74 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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 03/21/14 thru 03/24/14

3 Fires burned 7.1 acres (2-Kiowa County, 1 Washita County)

** - 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 sharply Thursday afternoon for both rural and metro fire departments in Central Oklahoma with several fast moving fires that kept firefighting resources working into the nighttime hours.

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:
I-40 (Sequoyah County) – 220 acres 3 miles SW of Vian, OFS dispatched 1 Type 6 Engine and 2
Type 3 Dozers

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area:
No report of activity.

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
No Report of Activity

Cooler temperatures and scattered precipitation moderated fire danger over the weekend. Today, expect moderate fire danger throughout much of Oklahoma as mild temperatures, calmer winds and relative humidity dipping only to around 30% prevails. Areas of Western Oklahoma and the Panhandle will experience slightly stiffer winds out of the north at 15-20 mph gusting to 25 mph. Unsettled conditions on Wednesday into Thursday will bring chances of precipitation; however areas that do not receive rain will experience much higher fire indices.

Special Note to Firefighters: When responding to an emerging incident, keep an eye out for potential staging areas that can be utilized if additional resources are needed. Planning for incident expansion early on will prevent confusion as other resources arrive and contribute to incident organization and personnel safety.

Special Note to Public: Develop a wildfire action plan in case your home and property are threatened. One of the key elements is to designate a meeting area for your family to establish accountability. Other tasks include pre-determining escape and evacuation routes, identifying necessary items to take with you and also planning for the care of your pets and livestock.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at:
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