Fire Situation Report – March 13, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 003/12/15 thru 03/13/15

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 45 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 240.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

· Party (Pittsburg County) - 240 acres, 100% contained

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:

· South Overlook (Osage County) – 240 acres, 100% contained

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 03/12/15 thru 03/13/15

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:
Fire danger will again be highest north of I-44 and west of I-35 today. Temperatures will top out this afternoon between 66°-71° with relative humidity values falling into the 27-35% range. Northerly winds 16-22 mph gusting to near 30 mph this afternoon will promote the potential for rapid rates of fire spread in this area.

Central and northeastern Oklahoma should expect moderate fire danger due to elevated relative humidity and some afternoon rain chances. Southeastern Oklahoma is presently receiving precipitation with rain chances continuing into the afternoon and progressing northward.

Elevated fire danger will continue into the weekend across the Panhandle and western Oklahoma with warm temperatures and falling afternoon relative humidity values.

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