Fire Situation Report – March 28, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/27/14 thru 03/28/14

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’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 03/27/14 thru 03/28/14

No wildfires recorded during the reporting 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 activity in the majority of Oklahoma was heavy yesterday as a result of very windy and dry conditions. Red Flag Warning conditions expanded across a large portion state as the fire weather deteriorated throughout the day. One request for helicopter support was received from Pawnee County late yesterday afternoon. The request was cancelled after discussion with the Incident Commander about the fire’s situation,

The highest fire danger today will be west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County. Relative humidity in this area is expected to range from the mid-teens in the far western portions of the Panhandle to the low 30% range near the Alfalfa County to Cotton County line. Temperatures are expected to remain cool in 60 degree range with winds forecast to remain light from the north-northeast at 10-15 mph.

The next significant fire weather day is forecast for Sunday. A Fire Situation Report will be posted either Saturday or Sunday morning as more information is received about the expected fire weather conditions.

Any fire burning this afternoon in the area described above can be expected to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest fire spread rates will be seen where winds and terrain align.

County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization on Sunday.

Special Note to the Public: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged on Sunday. Low relative humidity and warm temperatures and the expected strong, gusty winds will allow any fire to easily escape control.

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