Fire Situation Report – March 20, 2013


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 01/01/13 thru 03/20/13 @ 0800

NE Area – 76 fires have burned 1,411 acres

EC Area – 45 fires have burned 5,227 acres

SE Area – 71 fires have burned 1,987 acres

* 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 01/01/13 thru 03/20/13 @0800

18 fires reported that have burned 127 acres

** - 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: Fire activity across Oklahoma has been light due to the snow and rain received since the first of January. The moisture received has improved the drought situation across most of the state. However, if the state does not continue to receive periodic moisture significant fire problems later this spring and summer cannot be ruled out.

The highest fire danger today will be seen in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the low 20% range with southeasterly winds from 10-15 mph with gusts over 20 mph. Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 60s. Despite today’s forecast conditions, fire control problems are not anticipated in this area or anywhere in Oklahoma.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

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