Fire Situation Report – March 30, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 003/27/15 thru 03/30/15

NE Area – 8 Fires Burned 483.2 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Debris, 1-Lightning, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 113 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 431.1 Acres (Cause: 5-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:
· Sellers (Cherokee County) – 400 acres, 100% Contained
· Boggy East (Atoka County) – 400 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 03/27/15 thru 03/30/15

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 in the western half of Oklahoma today with limited potential north of I-44 in the northeastern portion of the state. In western Oklahoma fire weather will promote potential for active fire behavior with temperatures 75° - 80°’s, afternoon relative humidity around 15% in the Panhandle to 27% in western Oklahoma, and winds generally south to southwest 10-14 mph gusting to around 18 mph.

In northeastern Oklahoma above I-44 temperatures in the low 70°’s, relative humidity 28-31% and light south winds will prompt drying of fine fuels; however rates of fire spread should be manageable in the absence of wind aligned topography.

Special Note to Firefighters:

Providing for incident responder and public safety are generally the framework for incident objective #1. Taking action to achieve objectives requires planning, strategy and successful implementation of tactics. With firefighter safety in mind, are you prepared for a medical emergency on the fireline? Develop answers to the following three questions.

1. What are we going to do if there is an injury on the fireline?

· Are there personnel and equipment on the fireline to provide medical support?

· Are communication protocols in place to insure a rapid response?

2. How will we get the patient(s) off of the fireline?

· Identify route of travel to nearest road or helispot

· Are the personnel and equipment at hand adequate to complete the transport?

· If not identify the need and request additional resources.

3. How long will it take to get them to the nearest hospital?

· Will ground or air transport be required?

· Will fire environment conditions limit transportation time (smoke, fire behavior, topography)?

You may be very familiar with the protocol in your area, but often we assist on fires away from home with County Wildland Task Force and mutual aid. Take a few moments to consider these questions when you are committing to fireline operations.

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