Fire Situation Report – May 12, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/09/14 thru 05/12/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

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 05/11/14 thru 05/12/14

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: There were no requests for assistance placed with Oklahoma Forestry Services yesterday as a frontal system brought some sparse precipitation and cooler temperatures to western Oklahoma with winds out of the northwest. This weather system will work across central and eastern Oklahoma today with improved chances of precipitation. The scattered and light precipitation amounts occurring overnight of primarily less than 0.10” in western Oklahoma will provide a very brief respite from fire danger – if any at all. The higher humidity levels today will do more to moderate fire danger than will precipitation already received.

The highest fire danger today will be in southwest Oklahoma where temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s, winds out of the north at 15 mph gusting to 25 and the ongoing drought conditions will keep fire danger in place.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Ongoing drought conditions combined with warm temperatures in the early parts of May yielded unprecedented fire behavior in some areas for the time of the year. Take note that fire behavior transitioned to problematic and extreme levels rather quickly. Standard Firefighting Order #3 - Base all actions on current and expected behavior of the fire. Establish an anchor point from which to initiate fire suppression and utilize either direct, parallel or indirect firefighting methods that are commensurate with the ongoing and anticipated fire behavior.

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: 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: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services