Fire Situation Report – March 12, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/09/12 thru 03/12/12       

NE Area – 3 fires burned 125 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 4 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 37 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

* 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 03/09/12 thru 03/12/12


No wildfires recorded during the reporting period


** - 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 requests for State assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received during the reporting period.  Beneficial rainfall occurred over the majority of Oklahoma which will help advance Spring green-up.  Short grass fields in many areas have greened up to the point they are no longer supporting combustion or greatly reducing fire spread.  Several tree species, particularly in southern Oklahoma, are leafing out which will help to moderate fire activity in forested areas.


The highest fire danger today will be east of a line from Kay County to Harmon County.  In this area this afternoon the fire danger will be moderate to high in continuous, fine dead fuels.  Across the state this afternoon the fire weather conditions will allow tall grass and other exposed fine dead fuels to dry out to the point where they will sustain combustion.  Relative humidity is forecast to drop into the teens to 30% range across the majority of the State.  Winds are forecast to be sustained from the south-southeast at 5-10 mph with gusts from 15-25 mph east of a line from Kay County to Harmon County.  Temperatures are forecast to range from 70-80 degrees.


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