Fire Situation Report – April 12, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/11/14 thru 04/12/14

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’ 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 04/11/14 thru 04/12/14

No wildfires recorded yesterday

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area yesterday.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties today from Noon to 10 p.m. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 90s with southwest winds from 20-30 mph with gusts above 40 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits. For more information about today’s Red Flag Warning visit the National Weather Service’s Amarillo Forecast Office website: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/ A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from Noon to 8 p.m. for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Harper, Woods, Major, Woodward, Dewey, Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham, Greer, Jackson, and Harmon. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 90s with southwest winds from 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-15% range. For more information about today’s Red Flag Warning visit the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office website: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ Later in the day additional counties in western Oklahoma may be placed under a Red Flag Warning if fire weather conditions deteriorate beyond forecast values.In and near the Warned area expect any fire that starts in cured, fine fuels to burn very intensely. Expect rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior characterized by short range spotting, torching and sustained crown runs in Eastern Red Cedar.SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Today’s fire weather calls for temperatures in the 90s in western Oklahoma. Take time this morning to review the signs and symptoms of heat-related injuries. Monitor yourself and your fellow firefighters for the signs and symptoms of heat stress if engaged in fire suppression today. If signs and symptoms are present, immediately disengage from the suppression effort and immediately rehab and rehydrate. SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning today strongly discouraged. The worst fire weather conditions will be seen in far western Oklahoma, but the entire State will experience strong, gusty winds with warm temperatures. The strong winds may allow any fire started in or near cured vegetation to quickly spread and easily escape control. Numerous counties remain under a County Burn Ban. For more Information click on the following link: 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, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services