Fire Situation Report – March 9, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/08/12 thru 03/09/12

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’ eighteen 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 for Time Period 03/08/12 thru 03/09/12

One wildfire burned 3 acres (Causes: Escaped Debris Burn)
Reporting Fire Department(s): Washington FD

** - 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: No requests for State assistance or reports of unusual fire activity were received yesterday. The rainfall received yesterday over the majority of the State will continue to help improve the wildland fuel conditions. This is especially true in short grass fields where the herbaceous vegetation and winter annual grasses have ‘greened-up’ to the point they are greatly reducing fire intensity and spread rates.

Despite the moisture received, fire danger this afternoon in continuous, fine dead fuels will be moderate to high across the State. However, fire control problems are not anticipated. The fire weather conditions forecast for this afternoon will allow tall grass and other exposed fine fuels to dry out to the point where they will sustain combustion. Relative humidity is forecast to drop into the teens to low 20% range across the majority of the State. Winds are forecast to remain light with sustained east-northeast winds at 5-10 mph with gusts near 20 mph in southern Oklahoma. Temperatures are forecast to range from 55-65 degrees.

No fire control problems are anticipated anywhere in Oklahoma on Saturday or Sunday.

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: 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