Fire Situation Report – March 14, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/11/16 thru 03/14/16       

 

NE Area –  No Activity

EC Area –  No Activity

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

 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:                                          No New Activity                 

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:             No New 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 03/11/16 thru 03/14/16

  • 1 Fire Burned 3 Acres (Cause: 1-Debris) – Slapout 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:  Fire weather returns to Oklahoma today elevating into tomorrow with potential for critical fire weather conditions to be met.  Building wind speeds, falling relative humidity and near record temperatures will result in rapidly drying fuels.

 

The highest fire danger today will reside in the Panhandle and western Oklahoma generally west of US 81.  Temperatures will be near-record in some areas at 74°-86°.  Above normal temperature and low dew points will result in low relative humidity in this area ranging from 11% in the western Panhandle to 24% nearer to US 81.  Winds will increase into the afternoon west to southwest around 15 mph gusting to 20 mph.  Fine fuel moisture will react quickly to conditions this afternoon resulting in available fuels.  Across eastern Oklahoma, fire occurrence should offer opportunity for successful initial attack.

 

Poor moisture recovery is expected overnight in central and western Oklahoma and critical fire weather indices are expected to be met across much of western Oklahoma tomorrow.  A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Tuesday afternoon for northern Oklahoma spanning from the Panhandle across northwest Oklahoma east to Ottawa County.  Warm, dry conditions bolstered by a cold front delivering northwesterly winds 15-25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph.

 

Special Note to Firefighters:  Prior to committing engines off-road, scout the area to find wet areas and soft spots in effort to keep from hanging up engines in mud.  Insure that off-road engine tactics incorporate “Attack from the Black” tactics to avoid getting stuck in unburned fuels.

 

 

Harper County has issued a county burn ban.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

 

 

 



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 Forestry Services - ODAFF