Fire Situation Report – April 14, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

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

NE Area – 3 fires burned 62 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 360 acres (Causes: 2-Escaped Controlled Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 40 acres (Cause: Escaped Controlled Burn)

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: Arrowhead State Park (Pittsburg County) – 406 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/13/14 thru 04/14/14

1 wildfire burned 3 acres (Cause: Smoking) Reporting Department(s): Guymon FD

** - 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 requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.
Fire danger will be highest today in an area south of an Ellis County to Kingfisher County line and west of US 81 highway. The forecast calls for the possibility of some wintery precipitation in the northernmost portion of this area. Very little if any moisture fell in this area as a result of yesterday’s storms. Wildland fuels, especially tall grass and wooded areas will be available to burn this afternoon as relative humidity drops into the upper 20% to low 30% range. Winds are forecast to be northerly, sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts near and above 35 mph, with temperatures ranging from 45-55 degrees. This afternoon expect any fire that starts in cured, fine fuels to burn intensely with rapid rates of spread.SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning today in the area described above is strongly discouraged. Strong, gusty winds combined with 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: 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