Fire Situation Report – April 9, 2013

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Time Period 04/08/13 thru 04/09/13

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 5 fires burned 24.8 acres (Causes: 5-Incendiary)

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 for Time Period 04/08/13 thru 04/09/13

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 yesterday.

The highest fire danger today will be near and west of a line from Ellis County to Tillman County in western Oklahoma. Very little moisture has fallen in this area over the last several weeks. The relative humidity is expected to range from 20-30% with sustained south-southwest winds from 15-20 mph with gusts over 20 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from the upper 70s to low 80s. Expect any fire that starts in cured, continuous grass and brush fuel types to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning is discouraged today in the area described above.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Extremely strong winds are forecast to follow a strong cold front that has entered the Oklahoma Panhandle. Mesonet stations in the Panhandle are currently showing sustained north-northwest winds at 30+ mph with gusts over 40 mph. The cold front is forecast to reach a Kay County to Tillman County line at 10:00 p.m. The relative humidity is expected to climb above 60% following the frontal passage which will help to mitigate potential fire behavior. However, if rainfall does not precede the frontal passage and a wildfire is on-going at that time, expect a sudden increase in the fire’s rate of spread and change in the direction of the head fire.

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