Fire Situation Report – March 29, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 003/27/15 thru 03/29/15

NE Area –
EC Area – Protection area statistics not available at time of report.
SE Area –
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 03/27/15 thru 03/29/15
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:
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning today from 2:00 PM through 8:00 PM for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Roger Mills, Dewey, Beckham, Harmon, Greer and Jackson. Fire weather in the warning area will promote the potential for very active fire behavior and rapid rates of fire spread should a fire occur. In the warning area, temperatures will be 75°-83° with afternoon relative humidity values dropping 15-20% resulting in very dry fine fuels. North winds will be sustained 20-25 mph with gusts around 30 mph. Outdoor burning in the warning area is strongly discouraged.

The Panhandle counties and areas immediately surrounding the warning area will experience elevated fire danger with weather conditions prompting very dry fine fuels in the drought-stricken area. Temperatures will generally be in the mid-70°’s with north winds around 15 mph. Relative humidity will fall to 17-20% in the Panhandle and register 25-30% in counties lying just east of the warning area.

Drying conditions in the eastern half of the state will present moderated fire danger, however afternoon relative humidity is not expected to fall below 35%.

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