Fire Situation Report – April 13, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/12/14 thru 04/13/14

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 recorded on 04/12/14 thru 04/13/14

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: Information regarding large fires near Carney and Watonga was received yesterday. However, the fire’s size, cause or a request for State assistance on either fire was not received.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Tillman, Kiowa, Greer, Jackson, and Harmon. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid-80s to low 90s. Ahead of an approaching cold front expect southwest winds from 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph. The cold front is expected to cross the area early this afternoon. Expect a wind shift after the frontal passage with northerly winds from 20-30 mph with gusts above 30 mph. Pre-frontal relative humidity is expected to drop into the 10-20% range. After the frontal passage the relative humidity is expected to slowly rise. For more information about today’s Red Flag Warning visit the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office website: 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: If engaged in fire suppression in and near the warned area today be prepared for a wind shift that is currently forecast to begin to cross the area between Noon and 4 p.m. The National Weather Service forecasters indicate that “the wind shift may be abrupt.” One of the common denominators of fire behavior on fatality or near-miss fires is an unexpected shift in wind direction or wind speed. Both of these conditions will occur in the Warned Area today. Be prepared for the wind shift by beginning fire suppression from a strong anchor point, make sure it is completely out as suppression efforts move up the flank of the fire (especially on the south and east), and stop the head in a favorable change in the fuels or terrain.SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning today in the warned area is strongly discouraged. Today’s fire weather with very dry wildland fuels 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:

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