Fire Situation Report – April 1, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/31/14 thru 04/01/14

NE Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

EC Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

SE Area – 2 fires burned 4.2 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Campfire, 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

* 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 03/31/14 thru 04/01/14

3 Fires burned 8 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn) FD’s Reporting: Cordell and Cedar Country

** - 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 suppression activity continued in earnest yesterday with the extremely low relative humidity in Western Oklahoma. Initial attack was heavy in some areas with some development of large fires. OFS personnel will be monitoring a few fires from the air today in Western Oklahoma to assist local fire personnel and assess strategic resource needs.

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area:
Dover – 103 acres, 1.5 miles west of Dover, Escaped Controlled Burn. OFS resources: 1 Type 3 IC, 1 TFLD, 2 Type 3 Dozers, 1 Type 2 Dozer, 3 Type 6 Engines.

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:
No Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
No Activity.

Very High to Extreme fire danger will persist in the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma today and severe weather potential exists in Southern Oklahoma. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Cimarron and Texas Counties today due to stiff south winds at 20-25 mph gusting to 35 mph, temperatures in the low-70’s and relative humidity values at 12-15%. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Panhandle and the western one-third of Oklahoma for tomorrow. Forecast for Wednesday includes gusty southwest winds, temperatures in the upper 80’s and relative humidity values at 5-20% west of the dryline. At the time of this report, the greatest threat for Wednesday lies west of Hwy. 183.

Special Note to Firefighters: Firefighting resources, especially in Western Oklahoma, need to be prepared for the forecast fire danger on Wednesday. Ensure that fire suppression efforts today are thoroughly mopped up and patrolled to prevent breakouts tomorrow.

Special Note to Public: Outdoor burning in the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma is strongly discouraged. Vegetation and weather conditions at this time will promote rapid fire growth and will not be easily contained.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at:
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