Fire Situation Report – April 30, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 04/29/13 thru 04/30/13

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 7 acres (Cause: Equipment)

* 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 04/29/13 thru 04/30/13

No fires reported

** - 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: Aerial suppression assistance was requested on a wildfire in Logan County yesterday. However, the request was not filled due to the inaccessibility of the fire. Logan County and Oklahoma County each sent one dozer to construct control lines. The wildfire, which burned twenty acres, resulted from a vehicle fire.

The highest fire danger today will be seen west of an Ellis County to Harper County. Near and west of this line, relative humidity is expected to drop near single digits in Cimarron County to the low 30% range in Harper/Ellis County with very warm temperatures reaching 90+ degrees. In addition, winds are forecast to be sustained from the south-southwest at near 20 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph. In and near this area this afternoon, any fire starting in cured, continuous grassy fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

In addition, winds are expected to shift tonight from a northerly direction as a result of a passing cold front. Winds are forecast to be sustained at 20-25 mph with gusts over 30 mph. Any on-going fire may rapidly shift direction of spread with the passing of the cold front.

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