Fire Situation Report – March 17, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/14/14 thru 03/17/14

NE Area – 9 fires burned 230 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 7-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 6 fires burned 211 acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

SE Area – 10 fires burned 153.5 acres (Cause: 10-Incendiary)

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/06/14 thru 03/07/14

No fires recorded through time of report.

** - 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 fell off sharply over the weekend with a cold front that ushered in precipitation and cooler temperatures. The Panhandle and parts of northwest Oklahoma did not receive any of the beneficial moisture, and elsewhere precipitation amounts ranged from 0.10 in western Oklahoma to 3.0”+ in far eastern Oklahoma with some localized areas receiving in excess of 4.0” and minor flooding.

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area:

No response outside of the protection area 03/14 – 03/16/2014

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:

Sow’s Bed (Latimer County) – 150 acres in hardwood leaf litter 8 miles SE of Hartshorne, OFS dispatched 2
Type 6 Engines and 2 Type 3 Dozers

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
No Prescribed Fire Activity 0315-03/16/2014

Fire danger remains very high in the Panhandle and western Oklahoma. Forecast weather today has prompted issuance of a Red Flag Warning until 8:00 PM in western Oklahoma and 9:00 PM in the Panhandle where temperatures in the mid-70’s, SW winds in the mid-20’s gusting to 40 and relative humidity in the low teens will dominate. For central and eastern Oklahoma, a drying trend will begin today ushering in elevated fire danger later this week when warmer temperatures and potential for gusty winds return.

Special Note to Firefighters: A significant portion of the state remains affected by lingering drought conditions and many areas are experiencing a precipitation deficit. Do not let the recent rains permit a lapse in your situation awareness as green-up has yet to occur.

Special Note to Public: Visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov/firewise to access tips on protecting your home from wildfire.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at: 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: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services