Fire Situation Report – March 16, 2012

Fire Situation Report – March 16, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/15/12 thru 03/16/12

NE Area – 2 fires burned 8 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Other)

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 03/15/12 thru 03/16/12

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 and through the weekend will be seen in the Oklahoma Panhandle behind a dry line in advance of a strong storm system. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 5-20% range strong, gusty winds sustained at 15-25 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 80 degree range. Very poor humidity occurred overnight in the Cimarron and Texas County, which would allow wildfires to start early this morning or would have allowed any fire that started yesterday to burn throughout the night. Very poor humidity recovery is also expected for Saturday and Sunday for the entire Panhandle. Any fire that starts in continuous, fine dead fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

In the remainder of the State today and through the weekend, fire danger will range from moderate to high. Winds are expected to be strong, gusting up to 40 mph on Sunday in a large portion of the State with relative humidity expected to drop into the 40-60% range. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 80s. 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