Fire Situation Report – May 13, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/12/14 thru 05/13/14

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 recorded on 05/12/14 thru 05/13/14

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: No significant fire control problems are anticipated today. Today’s cooler temperatures, elevated relative humidity combined with precipitation from the system that worked through the state yesterday will moderate fire danger today. Some isolated areas in the eastern third of Oklahoma received in excess of 2.0 inches of rain yesterday and area wide coverage of nearly 1.0 inches bolstering live fuel moisture. Most central and western locations, however, received less than 0.1 inches which will do little more than promote temporary relief from fire danger. The two-day rainfall total is only slightly better.

A drying trend will begin today and temperatures will gradually warm in the near-term forecast resulting in gradually increasing fire danger in both central and western Oklahoma. Areas west of and including the metropolitan area will begin to return to elevated fire danger toward this weekend
SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Fighting wildfire poses inherent risk. While we do take measures to mitigate known risks with tactical adjustments, protocols and procedure; medical emergencies do occur. Answering the three questions below will prepare you to be responsive to medical emergencies during wildfire operations:1. What are we going to do if someone gets hurt?Are the personnel and equipment on scene that can be of assistance?2. How will we get them out of here?If vehicular access is not available, identify if a helicopter is available of if adequate personnel are on hand to carry the injured person to a road or heli-spot.3. How long will it take to get them to a hospital?Keep in mind that type of transportation, and environmental factors will effect travel times.SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Rainfall over the past two days will have little effect in reducing fire danger overall in central and western Oklahoma due to the cumulative nature of fire environment conditions. Low fuel moistures will quickly return as we enter a drying and warming trend forecast for those counties listed in the current burn ban. Remain mindful of the burn ban and vigilant in prevention of wildfires. 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