Fire Situation Report – May 14, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

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

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 05/13/14 thru 05/14/14

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: Relative humidity levels will fall below 20% with forecast winds around 15 to 18 mph will promote the accelerated drying of wildland fuels in western Oklahoma. Eastern Oklahoma has received adequate precipitation to mitigate fire control issues into the near future. However, areas along and west of the I-35 corridor will steadily move toward increased fire danger. At this time, fire danger west of I-35 will start to approach critical indices during the latter part of the weekend and into early next week.

Today, the greatest risk of problematic fire occurrence will exist in the Panhandle and the far northwest counties in Oklahoma where temperatures in the upper 60’s and low 70’s, relative humidity values less than 20% and north winds around 15 mph gusting to 20 mph will create fuel conditions supportive of accelerated fire spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Standard Firefighting Order #1 requires us to Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts. There are many tools and resources available to assist you in increasing your situational awareness prior to engaging in wildfire operations. The “Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report” is one resource that provides general information within Oklahoma, but fire personnel are encouraged to utilize all of the tools and resources available to them, including:
· Local knowledge and experience. Keep in mind we are moving toward fire environment conditions that have not been present for many years in central and western Oklahoma.
· The National Weather Service general and Fire Weather Forecasts in your forecast area.
· Mesonet.

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