Fire Situation Report – March 14, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/13/12 thru 03/14/12

NE Area – 4 fires burned 32 acres (Causes: 4-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 4 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

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 03/13/12 thru 03/14/12

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 requests for State assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today will be seen in the Oklahoma Panhandle. This afternoon the relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits with light south-southwest winds sustained at 10-15 mph with possible gusts near 20 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 80 degree range. The fire weather forecast for this area calls for the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms in Beaver County. Very poor humidity recovery occurred overnight in the Panhandle, which would allow wildfires to start early this morning or would have allowed any fire that started yesterday to burn throughout the night. Any fire starting or burning in this area today may burn very intensely with moderate rates of spread.

In the remainder of the state, fire danger will range from moderate to high. Relative humidity is expected to only drop into the 40-50% range, but southerly winds will be strong and gusty from 15-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 80 degree range. In continuous, fine dead fuels expect any fire that starts to burn 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