Fire Situation Report – May 11, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/09/14 thru 05/11/14

NE Area –

EC Area – Statistics not available at time of report.

SE Area –

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 05/09/14 thru 05/11/14

No 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:
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Texas and Cimarron Counties today from 1:00 PM through 9:00 PM. Critical fire weather conditions will be present with temperatures in the upper 80’s and low 90’s, SSW wind around 25 mph gusting in excess of 35 mph and relative humidity around 12%.

An active weather pattern will be settling in today and move across Oklahoma today and tomorrow bringing with it good chances of rain for much of the state, but also the potential for some severe weather along and east of the dryline. Central and eastern Oklahoma stand to receive a good bit of moisture from this system, however western Oklahoma and the Panhandle may only receive negligible amounts providing little or no relief to ongoing wildfire concerns.

Fire occurrence either ahead of the frontal system or on the dry, backside of the system should anticipate very active and erratic fire behavior as the wind shifts with frontal passage.
SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Take time to review the Common Tactical Hazards on wildfire with relation to the situation:· Poor communication due to a rapidly emerging small fire or on an isolated area of a large fire.· Suppression resources are fatigued or inadequate.· Assignment or escape route depends on aircraft.· Night-time operations.· Wildland-Urban Interface operations.Take note that most, if not all, if not all of these hazards occur during firefighting operations in Oklahoma. Taking a few seconds to recognize these hazards and developing appropriate mitigation will improve both operational safety and suppression effectiveness.SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for a large part of Oklahoma. For more Information click on the following link:
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