Fire Situation Report – April 3, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/02/15 thru 04/03/15

NE Area – No Activity

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – No Activity

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Activity

Large Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No Activity

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/02/15 thru 04/03/15

No Activity Reported

** - 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:
Somewhat cooler temperatures and slightly higher relative humidity values will serve to moderate fuel moistures a bit; however strong north winds will encourage rapid rates of fire spread should a fire initiate today. The highest fire danger today will be north and west of I-44 from Osage County to Cotton County with highest severity furthest west. Fire weather in this area today is 58°-64° with afternoon relative humidity ranging from 40% (eastern) to 27% (western). Stiff north winds are forecast today sustained at 16-27 mph gusting early in the burning period to near 40 mph. Again, fire weather today will provide potential for quick moving, wind-driven fire behavior with rates of spread approaching 300 ft./min. in dormant fuels. Wind direction is expected to remain consistent through the burning period and diminish after sunset.

Saturday has potential for critical fire weather to be present in western Oklahoma. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Saturday from 1:00 PM through 8:00 pm for the following counties in western Oklahoma: Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson and Tillman. The current fire weather forecast has temperatures in this area at 65°-70° with relative humidity 15-20% and south winds 16-22 mph gusting to 30 mph. Fuel moisture and sustained winds will create potential to produce rates of spread near 400 ft./min. in fine fuels typical of the area. Outdoor burning in and immediately surrounding the Watch area is strongly discouraged.

Dynamic weather changes are somewhat likely as precipitation chances move into the forecast late Saturday night into Sunday edging from south to north. Relative humidity values and ample sky cover should moderate fire danger into Sunday afternoon.

Special Note to Firefighters: Green-up and leaf-out has initiated in areas of Oklahoma, but ample dormant fuels are in place to support active fire behavior. Given the winds today and potential for critical fire weather in western Oklahoma tomorrow, the potential for fast moving wildfires is present.
Insure that Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes and Safety Zones (LCES) are established prior to committing to tactical fireground operations.Utilize “Attack from the Black” engine tactics establishing a sound anchor point from which to begin suppression action. Take a few moments to review engine tactics by working through the “Engine Tactics” edition of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate. A copy can be accessed at the following link: www.forestry.ok.gov/tailgate

Remember… ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires! Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services