Fire Situation Report – March 9, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/27/15 thru 03/09/15

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 25 Acres (Cause: Incendiary)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 40 Acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Equipment)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No Activity

* 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 02/27/15 thru 03/09/15

No Wildfire Activity Reported

** - 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 significant fire control issues are anticipated today. Rain in southern Oklahoma will gradually shift northeast improving rain chances in northeast portions of the state later today. Relative humidity values are expected to remain above 35% throughout the state today combined with sky cover no less than 45% resulting in adequate fine fuel moisture.

A drying trend is forecast for the remainder of the week combined with warm temperatures. Fuels will begin to dry with gradually increasing fire danger to follow.

Special Not to Firefighters:

Snow, rain, sleet and freezing rain have increased upper level soil moisture in several areas in Oklahoma. As fire danger gradually increases later this week, consider how and where you utilize engines due to the risk of getting stuck. Avoid frontal assault and committing engines into unburned fuels. Anchor suppression activities from an advantageous point such as a road and attack the fire from the black. If an engine does get bogged down in unfavorable soils, it will be in a safe area that has already burned.

Remember… ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires! Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).
Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services