Fire Situation Report – March 26, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 03/25/13 thru 03/26/13

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 03/25/13 thru 03/26/13

No fires reported

** - 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 or reports of unusual fire activity were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.

The highest fire danger today is expected west of a line from Woods County to Tillman County. Sustained southerly winds from 10-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph are forecast west of this line. Moving west from this line to Cimarron County winds will be stronger, sustained from the south at 15-25 mph with gusts above 35 mph. High temperatures are forecast to range from 50-60 degrees during the peak of the burning period this afternoon. Relative humidity is expected to range from near 15% to 20%, which will allow cured, grassy fuels to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread. Rate of spread in leaf litter in timbered areas has been moderated by the recent moisture.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Oklahoma is entering the time of year where the weather is strongly influenced by frequent frontal passages with associated dry lines. Over the last several years, numerous extreme fire weather days and events have occurred during the late March/early April time frame. One notable event was 9 April 2009 where an estimated 300,000 acres burned across the state as a result of extremely strong winds and critically low relative humidity behind a passing dry line.

While there is no certainty with Oklahoma’s weather, take time to prepare your department for the worst case scenario by making sure your equipment is fire ready. In addition, encourage the public you serve to create defensible space around their homes by removing hazardous wildland fuel accumulations and other possible home ignition sources. Time spent preparing now will be worth the effort when a wildfire approaches.

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