Fire Situation Report – April 15, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 04/12/13 thru 04/15/13

NE Area – 3 fires burned 40.5 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 3 fires burned 34 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary; 1-Electrical; 1-Children)

SE Area – 5 fires burned 39 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-Lightning)

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** FROM for Time Period 04/12/13 thru 04/15/13

1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn) Reporting Department(s): Cedar Country VFD

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have reported 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: The highest fire danger today will be seen in Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. This afternoon relative humidity is expected to drop into the low to mid-teens with temperatures in the mid-70s to low 80s. Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts over 30 mph. A Red Flag Warning may be issued later in the day if fire weather conditions deteriorate from the forecast values. Any fire starting in cured, continuous grassy fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. For information concerning burn bans 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, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services