Fire Situation Report – March 30, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/28/14 thru 03/30/14

Protection Area Statistics not available at this time

* 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 03/28/14 thru 03/30/14

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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for assistance from outside of the Protection Area were received during the reporting period.

Very High to Extreme fire danger is expected today west of a line from Nowata County to Love County. As a result, a Red Flag Warning is in effect for the following counties:

In the Oklahoma Panhandle from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver. For specific information visit the NWS Amarillo Forecast Office website at:

In Central and Western Oklahoma from Noon to 8:00 p.m.: Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Noble, Garfield, Major, Woodward, Ellis, Dewey, Blaine, Logan, Lincoln, Payne, Oklahoma, Canadian, Caddo, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Grady, Stephens, Jefferson, Comanche, Greer, Kiowa, Harmon, Jackson, Tillman, and Cotton. For specific information visit the NWS Norman Forecast Office website at:

In Eastern Oklahoma from Noon to 8:00 p.m.: Washington, Tulsa, Osage, Creek, and Pawnee. For specific information visit the NWS Tulsa Forecast Office website at:

In the areas described above very strong, gusty south to southwest winds from 20-30 mph with gusts near and above 45 mph are forecast. Relative humidity in this area is expected to range from the single digits in the Panhandle to the low 20% range. Temperatures are climb into the 70-85 degree range.

Any fire starting today can be expected to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread, long flame lengths and erratic fire behavior. Use extreme caution when outdoors today with any type of ignition source.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The expected fire weather conditions and fire behavior today will be extreme in the majority of Oklahoma. Avoid “normal” fire suppression tactics, such as a frontal assault at the head of the fire. During these conditions it is imperative to establish a strong anchor point when beginning fire suppression, work from the anchor point and completely extinguish the flanks of the fire while working toward the head of the fire. Look for favorable changes in fuels and/or terrain where fire behavior at the head of the fire will diminish enough to allow control.
County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization on Sunday.

Special Note to the Public: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged and would be grossly negligent in and near the areas affected by the Red Flag Warning conditions today. Any ignition source near cured wildland fuels has the potential start a wildfire that could burn large areas and impact numerous values at-risk. Please refrain from any activity today that could potentially spark a wildfire.

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