Fire Situation Report – March 20, 2014 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Fores

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/19/14 thru 03/20/14

NE Area – 1 fire burned 2 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

SE Area – 1 fire burned 20 acres (Cause: 1-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 recorded on 03/19/14 thru 03/20/14

No reports during this period.

** - 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 was moderated statewide yesterday with calmer and cooler weather settling in over the state. Several agencies and property owners were engaged in prescribed fire / controlled burning operations yesterday taking advantage of good conditions. Those fires should be monitored today considering the shift and wind direction and warmer temperatures.

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area:
No report of activity.

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:
No report of activity.

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
Kirschenbaum (Lincoln County) – 80 acres 8 miles SSE of Chandler

The Fire Weather Watch issued yesterday afternoon for much of Oklahoma has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning. Areas of greatest concern are Northeast, North-Central and Western Oklahoma. Southerly winds sustained near 20 mph gusting to 30 mph combined with temperatures in the low 70’s and relative humidity in the low 20’s (teens in far western OK) will result in very high fire danger this afternoon. Rain chances, sky cover and cooler temperatures in the eastern half of Oklahoma over the weekend are expected to moderate fire danger slightly ahead of another drying trend. Arid conditions are forecast to continue in the Panhandle and western Oklahoma.

Special Note to Firefighters: Establish escape routes and safety zones prior to initiating fire suppression actions. Ensure that they are communicated to all personnel. And, keep in mind that the escape route should accomadate both personnel and equipment including engines, dozers and UTV’s.

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 to access tips on protecting your home from wildfire.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at:
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