Fire Situation Report – April 24, 2015

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Oklahoma Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/20/15 thru 04/24/15

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 04/20/15 thru 04/24/15

No Fire 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:
No significant fire control issues are anticipated today. Green-up and leaf-out across the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma and a flush of green in western Oklahoma prompted by recent rainfall will limit fire danger for the time being. Increased live fuel moisture creates a heat sink which greatly retards rates of fire spread and fireline intensity. Multiple weather systems forecast in the near term bring with them strong probabilities for precipitation especially late in the weekend and into early next week keeping fire danger at bay.

The western half of Oklahoma remains in the grips of severe to exceptional drought. While recent rains have prompted some green-up, drought impacts remain firmly in place as evidenced by low 1,000 hr. fuel moistures and the different measures of greenness that indicate drought stress persistence. Any warm dry period will quickly move western Oklahoma back into fire danger.

Given the reduced wildfire threat at present, we will suspend the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report until fire weather, fuel conditions and/or fire activity merits.

Special Note To Firefighters:

The third edition of the “Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate” is set to be released next week that will address fire operations in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Fire personnel are encouraged to take a few minutes to work through the lesson in their operational groups and reinforce their skills both personally and as a unit with the “On The Fireground” exercise.

To access current editions of the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate or sign-up for email notifications of new issues visit:  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