Fire Situation Report – April 6, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/03/15 thru 04/06/15

NE Area – 6 Fires Burned 283 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)
EC Area – 6 Fires Burned 836 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Escaped Control Burn)
SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 218.1 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:
· North Golf Road (Atoka County) – 215 acres, 100% Contained
· Gotcha Rock (Pittsburg County – 120 acres, 100% Contained
· Dump (Pittsburg County) – 600 acres, 100% Contained
· Fence (Cherokee County) – 230 acres, 100% Contained

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

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
· Keystone Ancient Forest (Osage County) – 213 acres
· Kidd (LeFlore County) – 65 acres

* 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 04/06/15

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:
A dry line is expected to push across the Panhandle into western Oklahoma today edging very warm and dry conditions into that area as well as the western tier of counties. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Cimarron and Texas Counties from 12:00 PM through 8:00 PM. Fire weather will support potential for rapid rates of fire spread and extremely receptive fine fuels. Temperature ranging from 83°-90°, relative humidity values bottoming out around 5% and southwest winds at 15-25 mph with potential for gusts to 40 mph should be expected in this area. Rate of fire spread in fine fuels may approach 400 ft./min. especially where topography is aligned with winds. Outdoor burning in the Panhandle and western Oklahoma is strongly discouraged today.

The western tier of counties lying west of a line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County can expect increasing fire danger through the day influenced by dry line intrusion. Somewhat moist conditions this morning will quickly give way to warm and dry conditions this afternoon. Temperatures approaching 90° and relative humidity values this afternoon around 20% will prompt the rapid drying of fine fuels. Winds are expected to be southwest 15-17 mph with some gusts up to 25 mph.East of the area discussed above should experience afternoon relative humidity values of around 40% along the I-35 corridor and higher further east. Overcast conditions with areas of drizzle this morning combined with some wetting rains over the holiday weekend should negate much of the fire control concerns in eastern Oklahoma.

Looking ahead…Increasing fire danger is expected today through Wednesday for western Oklahoma as a dry line is expected to develop each day. Areas west of the dry line should expect warm temperatures and very dry fuels influenced by critically low relative humidity values and marginal fuel moisture recovery in the overnight hours. Deteriorating conditions are expected to peak on Wednesday prompting a Fire Weather Watch that has been issued for fourteen counties in western Oklahoma on Wednesday including Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa and Jackson Counties. At this time the fire weather forecast calls for temperatures around 90° with afternoon relative humidity 10% and southwest winds at 20 mph gusting to 30 mph.

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