Fire Situation Report – March 4, 2012

Fire Situation Report – March 4, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/02/12 thru 03/04/12

Protection Area statistics not available at the time of this report

* 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 03/02/12 thru 03/04/12

No wildfires reported Friday or Saturday

** - 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: At the time of this report, no reports of requests for State assistance or unusual fire activity have been received from outside of the Protection Area on Friday or Saturday. Updated information will be available on Monday morning’s report. Fire weather conditions for today have deteriorated from previous forecast values which has prompted this updated Fire Situation Report.

A Red Flag Warning for an area east of a rough line from Harper County to Bryan County is in effect for today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range with west-northwest winds sustained from 20-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Temperatures today are forecast to climb into the 65-75 degree range. Any fire that starts today in continuous, cured fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread. Expect erratic fire behavior with moderate spotting distances.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Firefighting under today’s forecast conditions will be challenging, especially in areas with a fuel loading that is predominantly tall grass. Expect a very intense flaming front with rapid rates of spread. Direct attack at the head of the fire may be impossible under today’s forecast conditions.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning today is strongly discouraged in and near the Warned Area today. Fire weather conditions today may allow any fire started to easily escape your control.

A County Commissioner Burn Ban is in effect for Cimarron and Texas County. Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current 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