Fire Situation Report – April 22, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 04/18/13 thru 04/22/13

NE Area – 1 fire burned 15 acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 5 fires burned 122.2 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Equipment; 1-Other)

* 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 04/18/13 thru 04/22/13

No fires recorded during the reporting period

** - 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 in Texas County and Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. A cold front is expected to cross the area early today. Winds this morning will be west-southwest and will switch from the north-northwest late during the late morning/early afternoon time frame. Winds ahead of the front will generally be less than 10 mph, but will increase behind the front, with wind speeds from 10-15 mph with gust near and above 30 mph. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the low teens this afternoon with temperatures climbing to near 80 degrees. Any fire in and near this area today in cured, continuous fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

Fire danger potential has been reduced significantly in the majority of Oklahoma due to spring green up in herbaceous and woody fuels. Fire control problems should not be experienced for several weeks east of a rough line from Woods County to Tillman County.

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