Fire Situation Report – April 5, 2013


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 04/04/13 thru 04/05/13

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

* 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 www.firereporting.ok.gov for Time Period 04/04/13 thru 04/05/13

No fires reported during the time period

** - 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: This afternoon fire danger will be very high to extreme west of a line from Woods County to Harmon County in western Oklahoma. West of this line relative humidity readings in the upper 30% are expected. South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts above 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to hit the upper 70s to low 80s.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from Noon to 9:00 p.m. today for Texas County and Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits with sustained southwest winds from 15-20 mph with gusts over 30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the lower 80s. Expect any fire that starts in cured, continuous grass and brush fuel types to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread.

On Saturday, the highest fire danger will be south of a Craig County to Cotton County line. Southerly winds are forecast to be sustained at 15-20 mph with gusts over 30 mph. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the upper 30% range with temperatures from 75-80 degrees. In this area on Saturday, any fire starting in cured, continuous grassy fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Green-up of herbaceous fuels and short grassy fields in this area will limit the potential impact of Sunday’s fire weather.

Fire control problems are not expected anywhere in the state on Sunday.

No Burn Bans are currently in effect. For information concerning burn bans click on the following link:

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: Mark Goeller, Ass’t Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services