Fire Situation Report – March 24, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 003/23/15 thru 03/24/15

NE Area – 5 Fires Burned 204.3 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 46 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

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: 1 Prescribed Fire for 10 Acres (Creek County)

* 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 03/23/15 thru 03/24/15

3 Fires Burned 1.75 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Misc.) Skiatook FD Reporting

** - 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:

The Fire Weather Watch that had been issued for western Oklahoma has been cancelled, however elevated fire danger will remain in place today in Oklahoma west of the I-35 corridor where high fire danger indices will be present. Across this area fire weather today will promote dry fuels and the potential for rapid rates of fire spread. Temperatures will range from 71°-81° with afternoon relative humidity values settling out between 11-30%. Winds will be southerly this morning, but switching to the northwest by early afternoon at 12-16 mph with gusts potentially reaching 20+ mph.

Green-up is initiated in the eastern 1/3 of Oklahoma prompted by recent rainfall and warm temperatures, however ample dormant fuel is in place to support fire growth should ignitions be present. Relative humidity values in this area will boost fine-dead fuel moisture and limit the threat of significant fire control issues; however southerly winds shifting gradually to the northwest this evening at 13-21 mph gusting to 20+mph may promote some active fire behavior should a fire occur.

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