Fire Situation Report – March 22, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 03/21/13 thru 03/22/13

NE Area – 1 fire burned 40 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 80 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

* 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 for Time Period 03/21/13 thru 03/22/13

1 fire burned 4 acres (Cause: Electrical) Reporting Fire Department(s): Cordell

** - 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: No requests for State assistance were received yesterday.

Fire control problems are not anticipated anywhere in Oklahoma today or Saturday.

On Sunday, fire danger is anticipated be high in roughly the southwest ¼ of the State. Relative humidity is expected to range from near 25% to 35% with sustained northerly winds from 15-20 mph with gust above 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from 45-55 degrees. Any fire starting in this area Sunday afternoon in cured, grassy fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

Special Note to the Public: Caution is urged with any outdoor burning this weekend in the southwest ¼ of Oklahoma. Despite Saturday’s cool and potentially moist weather, the fire weather forecast for Sunday will allow for any fire that starts to easily escape control. In addition, any brush piles or other debris burned on Saturday should be monitored to ensure that the fire is dead out. This is to prevent Sunday’s gusty winds from blowing live embers are blown into nearby wildland fuels and potentially starting a wildfire.

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

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