Fire Situation Report – March 23, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 003/20/15 thru 03/23/15

NE Area – No Activity

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – No Activity

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/20/15 thru 03/23/15

No 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 be highest today along and west of Highway 34 in western Oklahoma including the Panhandle. Fire weather today will support rapid rates of spread in dormant fuels. In this area, temperatures will range from 74°-78° with relative humidity generally around 30%, but in a range between 20% in the Panhandle to near 40% nearer to Highway 34. Winds will be southerly 11-20 mph gusting to 14-28 mph. Atmospheric instability will prompt a marginal risk of severe storms in the afternoon and evening hours which will also increase large wildfire potential should a fire occur.

The remainder of the state should expect moderate fire danger primarily that decreases further south and east where rain has prevailed, especially along the Red River.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for tomorrow, March 24, 2015, between 11:00 AM through 6:00 PM in western and northwestern Oklahoma for the following counties: Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, and Jackson. Critical fire weather is forecast and potential for Red Flag Warning criteria is high. The current fire weather forecast for tomorrow in the Watch area is 77°-85° with afternoon relative humidity values falling to 14-20%. Winds across this area will be sustained at 18-23 mph with gusts near 30 mph.

Special Note to Firefighters: County Wildland Task Force leaders should assess preparedness and availability of their task force resources in anticipation of the potential for mobilization should a large fire occur in the Watch area.

Special Note to Public: Outdoor burning in the Fire Weather Watch counties and areas surrounding, including controlled burns and prescribed fire, should be avoided today and is strongly discouraged tomorrow. If you choose to burn today, insure that your fire id dead out prior to leaving it unattended! Presently, the Fire Weather Watch is in place for 14 counties in northwestern and far western Oklahoma.

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