Fire Situation Report – May 15, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/14/14 thru 05/15/14

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 recorded on 05/14/14 thru 05/15/14

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 yesterday. Rainfall and significant green-up over the last several days east of a line from Delaware County to Coal County to Bryan County will mitigate fire danger in that area for the next few weeks. However, wildland fuels in the rest of Oklahoma remain drought-stressed and reactive to extreme fire weather conditions.

Fire danger will be highest west of Interstate 35 in areas that have not received rainfall over the last few days. Wildland fuels remain very dry over the majority of this area. Today’s relative humidity is expected to vary from the upper teens in SW Oklahoma to the low 20% range elsewhere. Winds are forecast to remain light today from the north-northeast at 5-10 mph with gusts near 15 mph.

Any fire starting in cured or drought-stressed live fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be seen where terrain and winds align.

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