Fire Situation Report – April 23, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/22/14 thru 04/23/14

NE Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

EC Area – 1 fires burned 5 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres

OFS Prescribed Fire – No Activity

* 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 04/22/14 thru 04/23/14

No Reported Activity

** - 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:

Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area: No Activity

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

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Cimarron and Texas Counties today from noon through 10:00 PM. Strong southwest winds gusting to 45 mph and relative humidity dipping down into single digits combined with temperatures in the mid to upper-80’s will establish critical fire weather early in the burning period today. A dryline will establish today with fire weather to the west and potential for severe weather to the east. Fire danger impacts will be dependent upon where the dryline sets up this afternoon.

Chances for severe weather exist today west of the I-35 corridor. East of I-35, moderate fire danger will prevail with temperatures in the 80’s, southerly winds around 15 mph and relative humidity values settling in around 30% this afternoon.
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Special Note to Firefighters: Pay particular attention to the weather today. Afternoon placement of the dryline will determine areas of elevated fire danger. Be prepared for problematic fire behavior.

Special Note to the Public: The “Spring Clean” is a perfect time to begin implementing Firewise planning and preparations around your home. Visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov/firewise to access tips and techniques for making your home Firewise.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at: 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: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services