Fire Situation Report – April 11, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/10/14 thru 04/11/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 68 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 81 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

SE Area – 0 fires

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: Saddle Rock (LeFlore County) – 160 acres

* 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 04/10/14 thru 04/11/14

1 fire burned 5 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn) Reporting Department(s): Rocky Fire Department

** - 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: Initial attack was moderate across Oklahoma yesterday. No requests for State assistance were received.
Fire danger today will be highest west of a line from Washington County to Jefferson County. West of this line the relative humidity is expected to vary from the single digits in the Panhandle to the low to mid-30% range elsewhere. Winds are forecast to start the day from the northeast and switch throughout the day to a more southerly direction. Temperatures will reach into the 80 degree range. Spring green up will help limit fire behavior in short grass fields. However, any fire starting or burning into cured vegetation and wooded areas has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread where winds and terrain align.At this time, Saturday’s fire danger will be highest west of a line from Woods County to Jackson County. Winds are forecast to be southerly sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 80 degree range. In and near this area on Saturday expect any fire that starts in cured, fine fuels to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior. An updated Fire Situation Report will be distributed should the fire weather change from today’s forecast.A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties on Saturday (April 12th) from afternoon through the evening hours. A Red Flag Warning may be issued as more data is received concerning Saturday’s fire weather conditions. For more information, visit the National Weather Service’s Amarillo Forecast Office at: SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning on Saturday in western Oklahoma is strongly discouraged. Strong, gusty winds, warm temperatures and low to moderate relative humidity would allow any fire in or near cured vegetation to easily escape control. Numerous counties remain under a County Burn Ban. For more Information 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, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services