Fire Situation Report – March 31, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/28/14 thru 03/31/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 45 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 6 fires burned 57 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Esc. Debris Burn; 1-Esc. Prescribed Burn)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 17.5 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

* 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 03/28/14 thru 03/31/14

3 fires burned 60 acres (Causes: 3-Escaped Debris Burn) Reporting Department(s): Roosevelt 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: Initial attack and extended attack activity in the majority of Oklahoma was heavy yesterday as a result of very windy, dry and warm conditions. Red Flag Warning conditions were present across a large portion state. One request for State assistance was filled yesterday:

Battle Ridge (Payne County) – This wildfire burned in mixed Eastern Redcedar, grass and hardwood timber approximately nine miles northwest of Yale. Extreme fire behavior hampered suppression efforts. Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched two Type 3 Dozers, one Type 2 Dozer, three Type 6 Engines, and overhead personnel to assist with the suppression effort. Also, the Oklahoma Army National Guard responded with two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters equipped with 660-gallon buckets to provided aerial suppression assistance. Four County Wildland Task Forces aided in the control of this human-caused wildfire that burned 1,602 acres.

The very high to extreme fire danger will be seen west of a line from Osage County to Cotton County. Relative humidity in this area is expected to drop into the single digits with westerly winds from 10-15 mph with gusts near and above 20 mph. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-80 degree range. Any fire burning this afternoon in the area described above can be expected to burn intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Special Note to Firefighters: Extremely dry air is moving east across the state this morning. Very low relative humidity with very warm afternoon temperatures are expected. Be prepared for fire ignitions by late this morning with possible extreme fire behavior.

Special Note to the Public: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged in and near the area described above. 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:

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