Fire Situation Report – March 26, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/25/14 thru 03/26/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 90 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 35 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 1 acres (Cause: 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/25/14 thru 03/26/14

1 fire burned 10 acres (Cause: Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Keystone FD

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance outside of the Protection Area were received yesterday.

Fire danger today will be highest in two different areas of Oklahoma. The first area will be in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle. By mid-afternoon the relative humidity in this area is expected to drop into the low teens to low 20% range with south-southwest winds in the mid-20 mph range with gusts near 40 mph. Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 70 degree range.

The other area of concern today will be east of a Pittsburg County to Osage County Line. Southerly winds from 15-20 mph with gusts from 30-40 mph are forecast in and near this area. Relative humidity this afternoon is expected to drop into the low 30% range with temperatures forecast to climb into the low 50 degree range.

Any fire burning this afternoon in the two areas described above can be expected to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior. Caution is urged with any outdoor activity that could spark a wildfire.

Special Note to Firefighters: Due to the gust spread in this afternoon’s winds, aircraft use for fire suppression may not be possible

Numerous counties are under a County Commissioner’s Burn Ban. 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