Fire Situation Report – April 9, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/08/15 thru 04/09/15

NE Area – No Activity
EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 2 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)
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 recorded on 04/08/15 thru 04/09/15

3 Fires Burned 202 Acres (Cause: 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Misc.) Skiatook FD, Guymon FD & Pernell 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 less intrusive dry line than was anticipated yesterday relegated fire danger in large part with the highest fire danger isolated to the Panhandle and far northwest Oklahoma. No large or problematic fire occurrence was reported. A cold front that continues to move southeast across Oklahoma and precipitation received during storms yesterday afternoon and evening have reduced fire danger for most of Oklahoma today.

The highest fire danger today will be across the Panhandle and into extreme northwest Oklahoma as well as an isolated pocket in the far southwest area of the state around Beckham County. In these areas temperatures will top out between 68°-72° with afternoon relative humidity around 25%. Winds will be out of the north following the cold front at 14-18 mph with occasional gusts 20-25 mph. Fires occurring in these limited areas may produce rapid rates of fire spread.

Storms that moved across the state yesterday produced rainfall and some areas of severe weather in Oklahoma. Fire control issues are not anticipated in the eastern half of Oklahoma with higher humidity levels today accompanying the progression of green-up and leaf-out.

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