Fire Situation Report – March 7, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/06/14 thru 03/07/14

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

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 recorded on 03/06/14 thru 03/07/14

No fires recorded yesterday

** - 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 high across all of Oklahoma today. Strong, gusty winds associated with an approaching cold front are forecast to transition across the state throughout the day. Ahead of the front winds are forecast to be southerly, sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. As of 7:00 a.m., a wind shift has occurred in Cimarron County, with winds behind the front from the north-northwest sustained in the 20 mph range with gusts above 30 mph. As the front crosses your location throughout the day and evening hours expect a wind shift with similar wind speeds.

Temperatures ahead of the front are forecast to rise into the 60-70 degree range. Relative humidity readings in the low to mid-30% range are expected. Following the frontal passage moisture in the form of snow and rain is forecast. Ahead of the frontal passage, any fire starting this afternoon in unsheltered fine fuels has the potential to burn very intensely at moderate to rapid rates of spread.

Fire control problems are not expected anywhere in Oklahoma on Saturday or Sunday.

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