Fire Situation Report – April 8, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/07/15 thru 04/08/15

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 04/07/15 thru 04/08/15

1 Fire Burned 0.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Electrucal) Skiatook FD Reporting

** - 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 Red Flag Warning is in effect for eight counties in northwestern Oklahoma from 10:00 AM through 8:00 PM including the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Roger Mills and Beckham Counties. Critical fire weather conditions will quickly dry fuels and create potential for rapidly growing wildfire as the dry line pushes into western Oklahoma. Temperature between 80°-90°, relative humidity quickly falling to critical levels at 5-20% and winds 25-35 mph with locally higher gusts will result in potential for extreme rates of fire spread in excess of 400 ft./min. Outdoor burning in the Warning area is strongly discouraged.

Elevated fire danger will exist in areas falling west of a line from Alfalfa County in the north to Tillman County in the south. Temperatures in the mid-80°’s, afternoon relative humidity 25-30% and southwest winds around 20 mph with locally higher gusts will encourage fuel conditions to support rapid rates of fire spread.

Special Note to Firefighters:

A cold front is in the forecast to move into western Oklahoma late tonight or early tomorrow morning that will shift winds clockwise from southwest then to northerly. Any fires that are burning as the front approaches the area will shift direction of spread from north to east and then to the southeast. Insure that fires are thoroughly mopped up and that control lines are complete and secured.

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