Fire Situation Report – May 16, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/15/14 thru 05/16/14

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 05/15/14 thru 05/16/14

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.

Fire danger today will be highest in the area generally west of US 81 Highway. In this area, the Panhandle will experience the highest fire danger indices. Relative humidity is expected to range from the low to upper teens with winds are forecast to be generally from the south at 10-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph. A cold front is expected to push into the Panhandle today which will switch winds to a northerly direction, increasing in speed to 15-25 mph with gusts near and above 30 mph.

Over the weekend, fire danger will be highest on Sunday when winds will the strongest at 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Relative humidity and temperature are not forecast to reach critical levels.

Any fire starting in cured or drought-stressed live fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid 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: 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: Mark Goeller, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services