Fire Situation Report – March 11, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/10/14 thru 03/011/14       

NE Area – 7 fires burned 97.5 acres (Cause: 3-Escaped Debris Burn, 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed

     Fire, 1-Other (Structure)

EC Area – 1 fires burned 6 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 0.5 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Campfire)

* 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 03/06/14 thru 03/07/14

 

No fires recorded through time of report.

** - 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: 

 

Wildcat (Pittsburg County)450 acres 19 miles west of McAlester, OFS dispatched 3 Type 6 Engines and 3 Type 2 Dozers to assist with suppression of this fire burning primarily in hardwood leaf litter.

 

Critical Fire Weather will be present across all of Oklahoma today.  Temperatures reaching 80 degrees, gusty winds, low afternoon relative humidity have prompted issuance of a Red Flag Warning in a large swath across Oklahoma today.

  • Eastern Oklahoma, SSW winds gusting 20-30 mph, high temperature ranging from 79 – 84 degrees, and afternoon Rh in the mid-20% range have prompted issuance of a Red Flag Warning until 10:00 PM for a significant portion of the forecast area.
  • Central Oklahoma, SSW winds shifting N this afternoon and gusting 25+ mph, temperatures topping out in the upper 70’s to mid-80’s and afternoon Rh falling to the upper teens will result in Red Flag Warning conditions being met most of the forecast area until 8:00 pm this evening.
  • Western Oklahoma/Panhandle, NNW winds sustained 30-45 mph gusting to 50 mph, temperatures in the 70’s and afternoon Rh falling to single digits in areas result in a Red Flag Warning issued until  8:00 PM for a portion of the area.

 

Dormant fine fuels such as grass and leaf litter will readily burn with the potential for rapid rates of spread today.  Fire activity should be expected to increase through the afternoon and evening hours and continue until after sunset.

 

Fire danger is expected to remain at elevated levels at least until the weekend.

 

Special Note to Firefighters: The combined weather and fuel conditions that are present today create fire behavior potential for rapid rates of spread.  When initiating suppression efforts, develop an anchor point and flank the fire suppressing from the black.  Be cautious of driving vehicles and equipment in unburned fuels as the potential for getting a vehicle stuck in moist soils is present.

 

Special Note to Public: Avoid outdoor burning today that has potential to escape and consider delaying debris burning until green-up and/or when conditions improve.

 

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at:  http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

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