Fire Situation Report – May 1, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 04/30/14 thru 05/01/14

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

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 04/30/14 thru 05/01/14

No wildfires recorded during the reporting period.

** - 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 reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.

Fire danger will be highest today generally west of US 81 and north of Interstate 40. Today’s relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid- to upper teens with gusty north-northwest winds at 15-20 mph with gusts from 25-30 mph. Temperatures are forecast to range from the 60s to low 70s. In and near this area this afternoon expect any fire that starts in cured, fine fuels to burn intensely with rapid rates of spread.

At this time the next significant fire weather days are appear to be during the Saturday through Monday time frame. Most of western Oklahoma will be affected as the cured wildland vegetation will be very reactive to the forecasted hot, dry and windy conditions. Red Flag Warnings are likely for the Panhandle and far western Oklahoma.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning today in the area described above is strongly discouraged. Strong, gusty winds combined with dry wildland fuels may allow any fire started in or near cured vegetation to quickly spread and easily escape control.

Four counties remain under a County Burn Ban: Alfalfa, Custer, Roger Mills and Cimarron. For more Information click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Mark Goeller, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services