Fire Situation Report – March 19, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/18/14 thru 03/19/14

NE Area – 4 fires burned 17 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn, 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fires burned 180 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

* 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 03/18/14 thru 03/19/14

1 Fire Reported burning 0.1 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

** - 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 increased sharply yesterday afternoon ahead of the approaching frontal boundary. Some suppression difficulties were presented as strong, gusty winds quickly changed from SW to NW. Dust events in Western Oklahoma reportedly compounded suppression difficulty due to visibility in some areas. Today fire danger will be moderated from yesterday, however fuels will be very susceptible to ignition and increasing rates of spread should be anticipated, especially where slope and wind are aligned. No watches or warnings are issued, however low relative humidity and increasing winds will elevate fire danger Thursday into Friday.

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area:
No response outside of the protection area 03/18/2014

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:
Pine Creek (Pittsburgh County) – 180 acres 3 miles SE of Eufaula, OFS dispatched 2 Type 6 Engines and 2
Type 3 Dozers

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
None Reported

Moderate winds out of the northwest will prevail across the majority of Oklahoma today combined with cooler temperatures topping out near 60° and relative humidity ranging from 25-30%. Fire danger today remains elevated, however diminished from yesterday’s observations. The rapid drying of fuels from windy and warm conditions combined with somewhat poor humidity recovery over the night-time hours will keep fuels readily accessible to ignition and quick rates of spread.

Special Note to Firefighters: Fire personnel are encouraged to take a few minutes to conduct an After Action Review regarding recent fire response. Look at what the organization did that worked well in a safe and efficient manner so that those tactics, behaviors and procedures can be repeated with success in the future.

Special Note to Public: Media outlets have noted recent successes of fire personnel protecting homes and structures in the presence of an occurring wildfire. You can help to keep the success building by taking some simple steps to improve the odds and assist fire personnel if wildfire approaches your home. 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