Fire Situation Report – April 3, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/02/14 thru 04/03/14

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 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 recorded on 04/02/14 thru 04/03/14

No wildfires recorded yesterday

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for assistance were received yesterday. Very High to Extreme Fire Danger will exist today south of a line from Beckham County to Tulsa County.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the following counties: Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Garvin, Murray, Cotton, Jefferson, Carter, Love, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the following counties: Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, McIntosh, and Pittsburg.Critical fire weather will be present today in and near the counties listed above. Winds will start out this morning from the west-southwest and transition to northwest later this evening. Wind speeds are forecast to be sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts near and above 35 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from 75 to near 90 degrees with the relative humidity expected to drop into the low teens this afternoon. This afternoon expect extreme fire behavior characterized by long flame lengths, rapid rates of spread, torching and crowning in eastern redcedar and short to mid-range spotting.
SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The potential for extreme fire behavior will be present again today for roughly the southern 2/3rds of Oklahoma. If the wildfire is getting large, take the time to organize the suppression effort geographically or functionally or a combination of both. Assign supervision to each geographic division or functional area. Establish a check in location/staging area. Brief all incoming resources on their assignment, fire behavior and any known hazards. 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.

County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged in and near the areas affected by today’s Red Flag Warning conditions. In addition, take time today to review your wildfire action plans.

Numerous counties remain under a County Burn Ban. For more Information 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, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services