Fire Situation Report – April 26, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS*

NOT AVAILABLE AT TIME OF REPORT

* 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 04/25/14 thru 04/26/14

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, Texas and Beaver Counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle and will be in effect from 10:00 AM this morning until 10:00 PM this evening. Critical fireweather conditions will exist today peaking by mid-afternoon with temperatures from 86-95°, sustained southwest winds 28 – 35 mph, and relative humidity values dropping to 9%. A wildfire ignition has potential to spread rapidly and exhibit extreme fire behavior in this area. The remainder of the state will experience somewhat elevated fire danger compared to recent days with temperatures in the mid-80’s, and southerly winds 15-24 mph. Relative humidity should remain well above critical values and spring growth should limit fire spread potential, however the cumulative effect of consecutive drying days will contribute to the somewhat elevated fire danger today.

SUNDAY – The present forecast calling for scattered storms to march across the state this afternoon through Sunday morning will depress fire danger in areas where precipitation occurs. Considering the spotty nature of the precipitation forecast and the prediction for tomorrows forecast, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Sunday in Oklahoma for all areas west of the I-35 corridor including the Panhandle. Winds are forecast to be out of the west at 25-35 mph gusting to 50 mph, temperatures ranging from 75-85°, and relative humidity values falling below 20% (drier farther west).

Special Note to Firefighters: Utilize natural fire breaks when possible and practical. In this early part of the growing season, green fields, moist creek corridors and green cool-season grasses can be utilized to effectively halt fire spread or decrease fire behavior to improve suppression effectiveness.

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