Fire Situation Report – March 1, 2012

Fire Situation Report – March 1, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/29/12 thru 03/01/12

NE Area – 1 fire burned 6 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 10.3 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 3 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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 for Time Period 02/29/12 thru 03/01/12

No wildfires reported 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 unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received yesterday:

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for today for a large portion of Oklahoma. Warm temperatures, strong gusty winds and low relative humidity readings will combine to create a favorable fire environment conducive to large fire growth, and erratic fire behavior.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Oklahoma Panhandle. Southwest winds sustained at 20-35 mph with higher gusts are expected. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits with temperatures in the middle-70 degree range. For more information about the Red Flag Warning in the Panhandle, click on the following link to the National Weather Service Amarillo Forecast Office:

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for an area north and west of a rough line from Nowata County to Wagoner County to Jefferson County (excluding Osage, Washington and Pawnee counties). Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-15% range with southwest winds sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Temperatures will climb into the 70-80 degree range. For more information concerning the Red Flag Warning, click on the following links to the National Weather Service’s Tulsa Forecast Office ( and the Norman Forecast Office (

Dry, windy and warm conditions will exist in the areas described above and in the area north of a line from Adair County to Jefferson County. Sustained south-southwest winds from 20-25 mph are forecast with relative humidity expected to drop into the 20-25% range. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 70-80 degree range.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Due to the expected fire weather today, fine, dead fuels this afternoon will ignite easily and allow any fire that starts to spread rapidly. Expect erratic fire behavior including moderate spotting distances and long flame lengths at the head of the fire. Direct attack at the head of the fire today may be impossible. Size up and knowledge of the area where a fire is burning will be one key to success. Plan your firefighting strategy and tactics based on the “next big change” in fuels and/or topography. Recent moisture has allowed many fields to green up to the point where fire spread will slow dramatically or stop altogether. Avoid a dangerous frontal assault on any fire today by utilizing these ‘green’ areas to help stop the head of the fire.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged in the areas described above due to the forecast for strong winds and low relative humidity. Any fire started could easily escape control and threaten lives and property.

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:

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