Fire Situation Report – April 8, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 04/05/13 thru 04/08/13

NE Area – 7 fires burned 322 acres (Causes: 6–Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 2 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

One large fire occurred in the Protection Area during the reporting period:

Blue Hole (Mayes County) – Four firefighters from the Forestry Services’ Northeast Area equipped with two Type 3 Dozers and two Type 6 Engines controlled this 150-acre wildfire on Saturday. The incendiary-caused fire occurred in steep, rugged terrain four miles east of Salina.

* 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 04/05/13 thru 04/08/13

No wildfires 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received during the reporting period.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. today for Cimarron County and Texas County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The relative humidity is expected to drop to near 10% with sustained southwest winds at near 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.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Numerous wildfire fatalities have occurred in situations where winds suddenly increase in speed or change direction. This situation will exist in the Oklahoma Panhandle this evening as a dry line is forecast to cross the area. The winds are forecast to switch from the south-southwest to the north-northwest. Wind speeds behind the dry line will be sustained from 20-25 mph with gusts above 30 mph. Firefighters in the Panhandle should be sure to secure the south and east flanks of any wildfire today to prevent those flanks from becoming a head fire when the wind shifts this evening.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today in Texas County and Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Strong, gusty winds, very low relative humidity and warm temperatures will combine this afternoon to create extreme fire weather conditions. In this area any fire started has the potential to quickly burn out of control. Any outdoor burning conducted over the weekend should be checked this morning. Ensure that the fire is dead out to prevent any embers from starting a wildfire by being blown into surrounding dry vegetation by today’s strong winds.

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