Fire Situation Report – April 14, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/13/16 thru 04/14/16       

 

NE Area – No fires reported for the period.

EC Area – No fires reported for the period.

SE Area – No fires reported for the period.

 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:                         

  • No large fire activity reported within the Protection Area for the period.                      

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • 350 Complex (Woodward and Harper Counties) – Lone Star State Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) completed a transfer of command of the incident to a local unified command Type 3 organization. Minimal fire activity and fire behavior have been experienced over the past 24-hours.  The wildfire has burned 57,167 acres in Woodward and Harper counties and is now 95% contained. Ground resources continue to patrol fire lines utilizing current weather conditions to increase fire containment. Arcing power lines has been identified as the cause of the fire. Ground resources will remain on this fire until full containment is achieved.

 

 

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 04/13/16 thru 04/14/16

Fire Department statistics unavailable at the time of this report.

*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:  There will be a gradual increase in fire weather parameters Thursday and Friday. Expect Relative Humidity to drop into the lower 40-percent range with temperatures reaching the mid-70’s. Winds will continue from the south/southeast, but will increase to the upper teens. Friday will see little change in temperatures and humidity. Winds on Friday will remain from the south/southeast, but will increase to 20+ miles per hour with gusts to around 35-miles per hour. This increasing wind will elevate the predicted fire weather to have “Near Critical” conditions. Weather models continue to show a good chance of wetting rain through this weekend and into early next week. As this storm system develops it will be monitored closely and significant updates will be posted as they become available. This next system should be statewide and has the potential for significant rainfall. Some of these storms may be severe.

 Resources:

·         Initial attack resources available from incident.

·         Fixed-Wing Tanker, Air-Attack and National Guard Rotor-Wing aircraft available.

·         OHP Fixed Wing Recon available.

 

Call the Incident Resource Hotline at (800) 800-2481 to request resources.

 

Harper, Cimarron, Texas, Woodward, Alfalfa and Beaver Counties have issued a county burn ban.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

 

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: Stephen Creech, FBAN Detailed to Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF