Fire Situation Report – April 2, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/01/14 thru 04/02/14

NE Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

EC Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

SE Area – 1 fires burned 0.1 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

* 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 04/01/14 thru 04/02/14

2 Fires burned 51 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn) FD’s Reporting: Guymon and Coyle

** - 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:
Large fire suppression activity was aided by generally lighter winds during the burning period yesterday and good relative humidity recovery overnight. Initial attack was also generally moderated during the period as well.

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area:
Camargo – 6,530 acres (50% contained), 3 miles east of Camargo. Multiple structures and oil field improvements threatened. OFS assisted with an aerial platform and tactical suppression assistance.

Dover – 103 acres (100% contained), 1.5 miles west of Dover. OFS resources: 1 Type 3 IC, 1 TFLD, 2 Type 3 Dozers, 1 Type 2 Dozer, 3 Type 6 Engines.

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires:
No Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
No Activity.

Critical fire weather will be present today in the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma west of the dryline with severe weather potential in central and eastern Oklahoma through today and into tomorrow. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma where temperatures in the mid-80’s, south winds at 20 mph gusting to near 30 mph and relative humidity values near 15% and lower farther west will enhance probability of extreme fire behavior. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for areas west of the southern I-35 corridor. Critical fire weather will edge east for tomorrow especially south of I-44.

Special Note to Firefighters: Potential for extreme fire behavior will be present today in Western Oklahoma. Base all of your actions on both current and expected fire behavior having identified escape routes and safety zones that are communicated to all resources.

Special Note to Public: Outdoor burning in the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma is strongly discouraged. Review your action plans for severe weather and wildfire today.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at:
Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).
Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services