Fire Situation Report – April 4, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

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

NE Area –

EC Area – Protection Area Statistics Not Available At Time of Report

SE Area –

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 recorded on 04/03/15 thru 04/04/15

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 this morning will give way to increasing fire danger today as dry air settles in. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning today from 2:00 PM through 7:00 PM for northwest Oklahoma including: Harper, Woods, Ellis and Woodward Counties. Fire weather in this area is expected to meet critical indices this afternoon as temperatures warm to 65°-70° and relative humidity registers 12-18%. South winds will be 18-22 mph with frequent gusts up to 30 mph. Rates of fire spread in this area can be expected to exhibit 400+ ft./min. in dormant fine fuels especially when wind and topography are aligned. Outdoor burning, of any type, in and around the watch area is strongly discouraged today.

Dry and sunny conditions are expected across much of Oklahoma today with fire danger building in some areas. In counties surrounding the Watch area, brief periods of critical fire weather may be present – especially in the Panhandle where relative humidity this afternoon is expected to be around 15% with winds out of the south around 20 mph gusting to near 30 mph. Temperatures may approach the mid-60’s late this afternoon.

Otherwise, temperatures 64°-68°, plentiful sunshine, and afternoon relative humidity values falling below 30% will encourage drying of fine fuels. Light winds this morning becoming southerly by afternoon from 6-10 mph will moderate rates of fire spread absent of topography.

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