Fire Situation Report – April 1, 2012

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/30/12 thru 04/01/12       

Protection Area Statistics not available at the time of this report

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 03/30/12 thru 04/01/12

No wildfires 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 reports of fire activity or requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham, Greer, Harmon, and Jackson.  Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 5-15% range with south-southwest winds sustained from 20-25 mph with gusts from 30-40 mph.  High temperatures are forecast to range from 90 to near 100 degrees.  In and near this area, any fire starting in continuous, cured fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS:  Today’s fire weather conditions in the Warned Area will result in challenging fire behavior if a fire starts in continuous, cured fuels.  In addition, the expected high temperatures will add additional physical stress to fire suppression.  In order to minimize heat related injuries when engaged in firefighting activities, remain well hydrated and take frequent breaks to reduce your body’s core temperature.

Direct attack at the head of a fire today will be impossible under today’s forecast conditions.  The highest probability of success will be a combination attack with indirect tactics at the head of the fire coupled direct attack on the rear and flanks where possible.  To help stop a fire that is resistant to control, look for a favorable change in fuels or terrain and begin suppression activities from a strong anchor point. 

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Even though there are no County Burn Bans in effect in the Warned Area, outdoor burning or any activity which may spark a wildfire is strongly discouraged. 

No County Burn Bans are currently in effect.  Click on the link listed below for the latest and most current Burn Ban information:  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:  Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services