Fire Situation Report – March 11, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/10/15 thru 03/11/15

NE Area – 0 Fires

EC Area – 0 Fires

SE Area – 0 Fires

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 03/10/15 thru 03/11/15

No fires reported 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 were received during the reporting period.

This afternoon temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s coupled with abundant sunshine will allow for fine fuels to quickly dry out. Relative humidity readings across the state are expected to range from the upper teens in the Panhandle to mid-30% in southeast Oklahoma. Winds are forecast to be light, starting out with a west-northwest flow and then switch to a southerly flow as the day progresses. The wind switch is shown to transition across the state throughout the day, starting in western Oklahoma this morning and pushing to roughly the I-44 corridor by nightfall.

Fire danger today will be highest in grassy fine fuels. Expect any fire starting this afternoon in grassy fuels to exhibit very intense burning with moderate rates of spread. The highest spread rates will be experience where wind and terrain align.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Do not be deceived by this morning’s foggy conditions as it relates to fire behavior. The 1-hour time lag fuels will quickly dry out and be available to burn. Light winds and moist fuels in sheltered areas will aid suppression efforts if a wildfire starts this afternoon. If engaged on a fire today, be aware that there is potential for shifting winds.

As mentioned earlier in the week, the upper level soil moisture in the majority of Oklahoma is high. With the moderate to high fire danger expected over the next few days, 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: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services