Fire Situation Report – March 21-23, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/20/14 thru 03/21/14

NE Area – 9 fires burned 47 acres (Cause: 4-Escaped Debris Burn, 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Campfire, 1

EC Area – 3 fires burned 44 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

SE Area – 8 fires burned 55.5 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 5-Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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 03/20/14 thru 03/21/14

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 increased sharply Thursday afternoon for both rural and metro fire departments in Central Oklahoma with several fast moving fires that kept firefighting resources working into the nighttime hours.

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: 1 Prescribed Fire treated 280 acres

Elevated fire danger will persist through much of the day with the highest fire danger continuing in the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma where temperatures in the 70’s, shifting/gusty winds ahead of a front, and relative humidity falling into the mid to low 20% range will be present. A cold front will gradually move across Oklahoma today increasing sky cover and shifting winds from south to north. A chance for isolated showers is present in central and southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and evening.

Over the weekend, cooler temperatures will prevail across the state and rain chances in southeastern Oklahoma will increase through Saturday. No significant fire weather is forecast for the weekend at this time.

Special Note to Firefighters: Be cautious when fighting fire in country not seen in daylight. When utilizing engines and equipment during night operations, consider sending a firefighter on foot ahead of equipment to locate hazards such as fence, washouts, wells, stumps etc.

Special Note to Public: When traveling in an area where there is a wildfire present, we encourage you to detour your route of travel in an effort to decrease traffic in the area of operations. Avoiding emergency scenes improves your personal safety and reduces the risk of interference for fire personnel as well.

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