Fire Situation Report – March 21, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 03/20/13 thru 03/21/13

NE Area – 1 fire burned 10 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 1 fire burned 8 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 127 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Debris Burn)

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ eighteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 03/20/13 thru 03/21/13

No fires reported yesterday

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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: No requests for State assistance were received yesterday.

The highest fire danger today will be seen in Cimarron County and Texas County. A dry line is expected to push into the Oklahoma Panhandle today which will allow relative humidity readings to drop into 10-15% range with northwest winds gusting over 20 mph. Temperatures in the Panhandle are expected to climb into the low 70s.

Another area of concern today will be far southwest Oklahoma. Winds are forecast to be south-southeast, sustained from 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid- to upper 70s with relative humidity expected to drop into the low 20% range.

Any fire starting today in the two areas above can be expected to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread. Outdoor burning in these two areas is discouraged today due to the fire weather forecast.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services