Next report will be issued on Monday, April 28th unless otherwise warranted.
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/24/14 thru 04/25/14
NE Area – 0 fires burned 0 acres
EC Area – 0 fires burned acres
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 04/24/14 thru 04/25/14
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.
Fire Assistance outside of the Protection Area: No Activity
Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area included the following fires: No Activity
New spring growth has moderated overall fire danger, however tall grass and leaf litter fuels will still support fire growth given an ignition. The potential for problematic fire behavior will persist in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle due to drought conditions. Today, temperatures in the 80’s, southerly winds12-20 mph and relative humidity values ranging from 28% in the east down to near single digits in the Panhandle will keep fire weather in place.
Some concerns for elevated fire danger are developing for the weekend in far western Oklahoma including the Panhandle. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Cimarron and Texas Counties beginning at approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday extending into the night-time hours with temperatures topping out in the 90’s, potential for 5% relative humidity and sustained winds up to 30 mph gusting higher.
Fire weather on Sunday will be largely dependent upon where precipitation occurred on Saturday. The Panhandle and the western half of Oklahoma will experience strong gusty winds and low relative humidity values on Sunday in the wake of the storm system expected to move through Saturday.
Special Note to Firefighters: Review the Common Denominators of Fire Behavior on Tragedy Fires:
· On relatively small fires or deceptively quiet areas of large fires.
· In relatively light fuels, such as grass, herbs and light brush.
· With unexpected shifts in wind direction or wind speed.
· When fire responds to topographic conditions and runs uphill.
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
Posted on Fri, April 25, 2014
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